What a great event. So many people stepped up and did their thing that I'm having a tough time keeping them straight.
Without your help, none of this would have gone off so smoothly. From firewood to campsites, Poker station location planning to your entire family's fetish with apples - which I see nothing wrong with! - you were the glue that held this event together. As Sunday's events proved, you truly are "first responders" be it to a medical emergency in the woods, or a Jeeper asking for a little help. Truly good people, all of ya.
Dude, the JFJ towels were a huge success. That little bit extra was what we needed to hit our target for 2K. Can't possibly thank you enough. The one you did special for me will be getting a special place in my house. I seriously might frame it. That was really a cool thing to do. Not to mention the gift cert you brought for a Poker Run Prize!
There are several universal truths in life. Befriend a baker has been added to the list. Your pastries and donuts and danishes and cinnamon buns and other assorted goodies were EVERYWHERE this weekend and I couldn't have been happier about it! Thanks again for adding to the list of Poker Run prizes. I'm sure your shop will be descended upon at least once this summer by a herd of Jeeps.
All things considered, y'all done good. No one made a reservation with the Wharton Hotel for the night, the "bad break" of the day turned out to be perfectly ok and there was even a turnaround or two to honor the absent Dead End Doug! All in all, the run worked out far better than I ever expected it would. That couldn't and wouldn't have been the case without our intrepid leaders. Hat's off, Lady & Gents. You are all a credit to our community. And Jay, FWIW? When you told me that the Poker Run loop could be completed in under 2 hours, I didn't think it would entail rolling down Batsto River Road at 40mph
I think a few peeps in your group needed their dental work replaced when they got back because they shook some fillings loose
Card Station Tenders:
Believe me when I say that I know exactly
how boring it was to twiddle your thumbs all day long while waiting for groups of wheelers to roll through and then leave you all by your lonesome again. Karma must have smiled down on this crowd, because I laughed my head off when Ross ended up winning the evap skid with a straight when he pulled his at the showdown. Wanted to make sure everyone got to see him pull his cards so there would be no questions about what sort of hand the guy who had been handling the decks all day could come up with so he goes and draws a Jack high straight at the Pic-a-lilly in front of everybody.
I'll go through the threads in the Northeast Section an get some "best of" pics posted up here for all to enjoy.
I have a few more places to pickup cash before I can do a "That's My FINAL Answer" tally, but the initial fundraising goal was 2,000.00. Thanks to several VERY generous donations from both Ain't Skeered and The Pic - a - Lilly Bar & Restaurant, we not only hit that mark easily, but we exceeded it by more than $200.00! Everyone involved there should be damned proud of that. I certainly know I am.
At last count, we will be donating 2,260.00 to Josie. That's nothing short of amazing and it is likely to rise a bit more. The Jeeping community really is a helluva thing when we get behind something like this.
I'm an idiot and forgot all about the proceeds from the shirt sales prior to the event that were still sitting in my paypal account! We are WAAAAAY over 2K on this event ... Actual donation will look more like 3,000.00+
You Jeeple amaze me more and more every day.