More than 600 Jeeps Anticipated to Participate in Toy Donation Caravan on Dec. 6
CHICAGO (July. 27, 2020) - To help fulfill the holiday dreams of less fortunate children, Fox Lake-based Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has partnered with Jeeps on the Run (JOTR), a local Jeep enthusiast club and the largest donating group to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Lake County, Illinois. On Sunday, Dec. 6, more than 600 Jeeps are anticipated to participate in the 25-mile, fully escorted JOTR caravan that kicks off at the Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership and culminates at the historic Genesee Theatre where Jeep owners will offload their Toys for Tots donations to the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I started Jeeps on the Run eight years ago as a family-oriented Jeep enthusiast club, but it has since turned into a non-for-profit organization that gives back to charitable organizations all year long," said JOTR President Mike Missak. "Over the past seven years, Jeeps on the Run has donated more than $550,000 to Toys for Tots, both in toys and monetary donations. While this year is unique, the support from our community is stronger than ever, and we are taking COVID-19 precautions into consideration to ensure the health and safety for all involved."
JOTR is encouraging people to pre-register for the event as registration will not be accepted onsite. The event registration fee is $20 and those who purchase a raffle ticket, also $20, will automatically be entered to win one of two prizes that Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has donated: a three-year lease on a 2021 Jeep Wrangler and a complimentary lift kit for a Jeep owner.
"Perhaps now more than ever, our community needs all the support they can get," said Ray Scarpelli Jr., owner of Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Ray Chevrolet. "When I first learned more about Jeeps on the Run and the organization's commitment to bringing smiles to the faces of young children, it was a no-brainer for us to participate. We look forward to our first year as the event's primary sponsor, and want to encourage our community to get involved in any way possible."
Because dealerships are closely weaved into the fabric of their local communities, many individuals and organizations turn to them in a time of need. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), the area's new-car dealer association, has also been a longtime supporter of local non-profit organizations. The CATA has donated more than $100,000 to local charitable organizations through its Chicagoland Dealers Care program, which helps expand on CATA members' donations and shine a spotlight on new-car dealers' positive impact within their communities.
For more information on Ray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or the CATA, visit www.raycdjr.com and www.cata.info, respectively. To learn more about Jeeps on the Run, visit www.jeepsontherun.com.