Involve Yourself in These 5 Off-Road Charity Events in 2015February 9th, 2015 by Rachel Sheelam
As the weather warms, all sorts of 4×4 and off-roading events are kicking off across the United States. Here are 5 such events which are not only fun for the entire family, but also help the community through charitable donations. While many of these events have a strong Jeep focus, most welcome any and all 4-wheel drive capable vehicles.
Santiam 4×4 Mud Fest
Sweet Home, OR
Open to All 4x4’s
Hosted by the Santiam Four Wheel Drive Association, the annual Mud Festival in Sweet Home, Oregon draws in thousands of 4×4 owners from across the country. The event features a mud bog, obstacle course and dragstrip among other things.
The Mud Fest is great for the small town of Sweet Home, but it also raises funding for a large swath of charities. The profits from the annual Mud Fest are donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Meals on Wheels and more.
For a more comprehensive list of charities supported by the Santiam Four Wheel Drive Association and details on the Mud Festival, go to their website: http://www.themud.com/
Easter Jeep Safari
March 28-April 5
Open to All 4x4’s
Dating back to 1967, the annual Jeep Safari has a rich history in the off-roading community. Now hosted by Red Rock 4-Wheelers, the event holds true to its roots in family values and responsible 4-wheeling. Red Rock 4-Wheelers works to keep the much-loved trails of Moab clean and open by donating time and funding to the cause.
The Red Rock 4-Wheelers is proud to support the Blue Ribbon Coalition, the United Four Wheel Drive Association, the Utah Shared Access Alliance and Tread Lightly. Aside from supporting these vital groups, the Easter Jeep Safari promotes responsible wheeling through all of the events it hosts, encouraging volunteers and participants to pack in more than that they pack out and preserve the natural beauty of Moab.
More information on The Easter Jeep Safari and Red Rock 4-Wheelers can be found on their website: http://www.rr4w.com/
Jeep Beach 2015
Daytona Beach, FL
Jeep Beach is an annual event in Daytona Beach, welcoming Jeep owners of all kinds. Every year, Mid Florida Jeep Club hosts the event and Jeep enthusiasts from all over the U.S. come together to enjoy the sun, surf and company of fellow Jeepers.
Mid Florida Jeep Club distributes the considerable proceeds from the events to a select group of charities, specifically the Volusia/Flagler County Boys and Girls Club, the Blue Ribbon Coalition, Hope Reins and Pawsibilities Rescue.
In 2013, the Jeep Beach event raised enough funding for the club to donate a total of $85,000 to these charities throughout the year.
Learn more about Jeep Beach and the charities it is involved in on their website: http://www.jeepbeach.com/
Topless for TATAs
Open to All 4x4’s
Since 2009, Topless for TATAs has been held each year with the support of sponsors like 4 Wheel Parts and 4Wheel Drive Hardware with the singular goal of helping to eradicate breast cancer from the world – and have a lot of fun in the process. All proceeds from the event and online donations throughout the year go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Run entirely by volunteers, Topless for TATAs staff do everything from selling swag to guiding trails in memory of long-time Delaware Jeep Associate member and dear friend to many, Mrs. Patricia Lynn Sullivan-Cochran and other souls lost to breast cancer. In 2013 they were able to raise and donate over $26,000 to the BCRF and in 2014 the event drew in over 500 vehicles and $31,000 in donations.
Find more information on Topless for TATAs on their website: http://www.toplessfortatas.com/
Held by the Ocala Jeep Club each year with the help of sponsors like 4 Wheel Parts, the Jeeptoberfest event has been providing family-friendly fun for Jeep enthusiasts and benefiting the community for 17 years. In that time, they have donated more than $100,000 to local charities – all a result of this one annual Jeep event.
Jeeptoberfest offers three levels of off-road courses for stock, moderately modified and extreme Jeeps as well as a large vendor fair with a wide selection of Jeep accessories, drawings for prizes and a kid zone. It has become one of the largest Jeep only events in the Southeastern United States.
In 2014, the Ocala Jeep Club donated proceeds from Jeeptoberfest to Interfaith’s Backpack 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald’s House, Transitions Life Center and more.
Learn more about Jeeptoberfest on the Ocala Jeep Club website: https://www.ocalajeepclub.com/
This is only a small sample of the charitable off-road and 4×4 events held by clubs and organizations throughout the country every year. Make sure to check with your local 4×4 clubs for more opportunities to get involved with events near you.
Rachel Bowes is a copywriter with 4 Wheel Parts
About the Author: Rachel Sheelam
The 4x4 and off-road lifestyle was all new to me when I first joined this team, but in the year since then I have developed a true passion for the automotive industry. I've learned more than I knew there was to know about trucks, Jeeps and SUVs - from suspension articulation physics to which types of tires are the best for wallowing in the mud. Whether it's the latest in automotive technology or the best 4x4's in film, I'm always on the lookout for the next big learning curve or news to share. You can keep up with me on my adventure into 4-wheeled life on Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RachelBowesatTAP/posts