For decades, the Great Bicycle Tour along the C&O Canal Trail has been a popular fundraiser to benefit the San Mar Family and Community Services in Maryland.
Atlantic Coast Charters is part of the volunteer team that makes the annual event possible by donating the follow bus to provide transportation for the 200 people participating in the four-day, 184.5-mile event from Cumberland, Maryland, to Washington, D.C.
This event marked its 35th year by raising more than $100,000.
“Credibility before profitability is our motto. It means … treat your customers and employees right, and everyone benefits,” said Ron Dillion Sr., of Atlantic Coast Charters in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.
He and his son Ron Dillon Jr., a Maryland Motorcoach Association Board Member, are lifelong residents of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. They are active in the community and use their company to support events such as the Great Bicycle Tour.
San Mar, which began as an orphanage in 1883 in the aftermath of the Civil War, provides mental health and other services to children and their families.
“It’s giving back to the community like this that goes a long way in promoting the motorcoach
industry and MMA,” said Mary Presley, MMA’s Executive Administrator. “Members excel at doing just this. At any given time one of our proud members is helping their community, and we love to bring you stories like this to promote the organization, our members, and the industry.”
The Dillon family can trace its motorcoach roots to 1918, when Edmund Dillon started the family’s first bus company in Anne Arundel County. With their wealth of experience and knowledge of the bus industry, Ron Sr. and Ron Jr. bought Atlantic Coast Charters in September 2010 to return to a family-oriented business environment, where they work side by side with their employees.