Day 276; Footnotes of Loving Like Lauren

Oh… you thought I was done? Nope. There’s more. I have updates.

That’s me wearing the star hat. Thank you April Capps for allowing me to use your photo.

(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.

Those green shirts were everywhere. Photo courtesy of Heather Capps Wright

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.

Good to know they exist photo courtesy of Heather Capps Wright

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 think this photo is one of Heather’s also..

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.

Drone shot by Brian Frank Gable, thank you Jackie Coller Gable for permission. A few Jeeps had already left, but you get a good idea.

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, 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.

Ducked by fellow Jeepers and needled by the tree…my photo

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.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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8 Responses to Day 276; Footnotes of Loving Like Lauren

  1. What a cool idea and for such a worthy cause. My Jeep is jealous that she didn’t get to be there.

    • I am just so beyond glad that I didn’t chicken out as I have been known to do, There were some who did come in from out of town. All were welcome and appreciated..The Good Lord willing there is always next year 🙂

      • I am glad you went as well! It is always good to get out, despite our misgivings. I know I would struggle to go to something like that alone.

      • Its really hard doing things alone in some ways. You see others who have come together having a good time and you’re on your own. But, you can do as you wish without having to take others into consideration, which is not meant to sound selfish. If someone you rode with wants to leave earlier, then you have to leave. If you go alone, you pick the time.

      • This is true and not selfish at all and I totally understand what you mean.

  2. Usually I manage to get my son to go with me, but he couldn’t be here for this. I think though that the fact I did manage to go this one alone will help me in the long run to going out more without using him as a crutch.

  3. John says:

    I’m happy that you didn’t chicken out and did go, Rebecca! 😎💪🏻

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