Oh… you thought I was done? Nope. There’s more. I have updates.
(Anyone who knows me, as a neighbor just found out, you may want to avoid me for a few days until the excitement wears off a bit because otherwise I’ll talk your ears off about this event.)
I started to say that I wish I knew how many of the Just Jeepin’ family volunteered for the Show and Shine, but that physical number is unimportant because every member participated and helped in their own way. Whether it was being there for an assigned task, spreading word about it in many different variety of ways, finding the sponsors, the donations, the vendors, the prayers, the love that went into the event. There or not all were volunteers. All were a part of making the third annual Show and Shine a success.
Over the course of this afternoon, I have scrolled through hundreds of photos that were taken at the event. I have enjoyed seeing the many jeeps and their names and character. Yes, Jeeps have character, especially when the owners understand and help bring it out to show and shine for all to see. Through the names, the decals, the decorations.
I won’t even go into all the dogs that came through that I got to pet and love on.
Enough babble already right? You want the numbers? Here, is the official word:
“Love Like Lauren Foundation
Hi everyone,I’ve been trying to find the words to describe yesterday, but nothing can do it justice. Our 3rd Annual Show and Shine was simply incredible. Thank you to all of our Vendors, Sponsors, Volunteers, and everyone who participated. I’m proud to announce that we had 451 Jeeps attend and raised $22,398.14 for the Love Like Lauren Foundation. I know Lauren is so proud of us”
I’m not sure how many Jeeps they had originally hoped for, but I don’t believe they expected quite this many. To have so many show up, was this amazing, exciting blessing. To watch each jeep, whether singular or a part of a convoy ramped up the excitement level by great numbers.
To see that monetary total makes the heart swell in a way that rivals the Grinch in the Christmas special (there is a jeep named Grinch ..ya know, just sayin;)
To scroll through photo after photo and see the Jeeps, the volunteers, the many attendees who were strolling through the vendors, enjoying the food, dancing..it was and is simply amazing.
Am I glad I went? as the Koolaid pitcher said Oh Yeah!! (There is a jeep named Koolaid just.. fyi) I can’t even begin, well I did but can’t tell all of the many names of Jeeps that were there. So many fun, fitting, cool names that you can’t help but nod and smile. And yes, the ducks that were placed on Star’s hood, are not proudly displayed on the dash.
I don’t know what the next big event may be, I won’t attempt to guess. I will say that I’m ready, as I’m sure after this success are the rest of the family.