On Oct. 6, the fifth annual Jog for Jake (JFJ) road race was held at Tift County High School. Our prayer has always been that our heavenly Father would provide what He needs for His children and this year was no exception. To date, over $90,000 has been raised to purchase toys for children in need in our community for Christmas in conjunction with Toys for Tots. As a committee, we know that our efforts would not have been successful without the many volunteers and supporters of JFJ. To those who donated time or talent or money and toys, we want you to know that you are appreciated! The hard work of all culminated with the race and a fun family night filled with wholesome activities and a time that we could honor our precious Jake’s memory in a meaningful and worthwhile way. Nahum 1:7 states, ‘The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in Him.’ As a committee, we evidenced this promise in the way that God blessed JFJ and in turn provided a way to help those in need. We can only imagine the joy on the children’s faces this Christmas when they receive the gifts that our amazing community has helped to provide! During these tough economic times it is a blessing to see people reaching out to God’s little ones to give unselfishly!
With that being said, we would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors:
Our platinum Sponsors are Gary and Tina Baxter; Russ Vann-EchoRock; Bill, Sandy, John and Michael Bowen, Vision Source; Ted McElroy, OD and Jennifer Schussele, OD; Pineapple Post; Pop & Mandy’s Paddles; Greg, Michele, Allyson, Jaclyn, Matthew, Kari, Kayleigh and Aayden Harten; The Kightlinger Family; Walter and Murthel Strange; as well as David, Angela and Mandy Stewart.
Our Gold Sponsors are MRS Homecare/Tom and Juli Riddle; Ferner, LLC; Force3 USA, Inc.; Tyler Harper/ State Senate; Bret Wagenhorst, MD; Hoyt and Becky Vance; Griffin Ford Lincoln; Tift Regional Dental Group; Delta Zeta–Georgia College and State University; Exopack, LLC; Chip, Cynthia, Hannah and Jack Lee; T & S Electric; Checkers; Shoney’s; Christian Covenant Sunday School Class; Tifton FUMC; Gregg, Sandra, and Alex Grimsley; Jumpin J’s- Julie Connor, Adam Smith; Tender, Lovin’ Trio; Dennis and Beverly Bloodworth; Chip, Donna, Tripp, Evan and Cassie; Sunbelt Running Club; WTIF/ The Hook; Joseph and Rebecca Carter; and Denean and Patti Stafford.
Our Silver Sponsors are D. W. and Elecia Harper; Chip, Karol, Mary Charles, Will and MacLean Pfister; James, Melanie and Kelcie Gilmore; Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Sloan; Rehabilitation Services of Tifton, Inc.; George, Lynn and Melissa Lee; Fulp Family Dentistry; Harold G Harper, Sr.; Tom and Robin Cole; Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Baker; Jimmy and Jodi Tomberlin; Edwin and Wyolene Walker; APB Wealthcare Advisors, LLP; David and Maria Bosch; South Georgia Banking Company; The Spearman Agency; J. Michael and Teresa Moore; The Cotton Gin, Inc./Fred and Sarah Powell; Eric and Joann Prostko; Wesley Walker, MD; State Sen. John D. Crosby; Jim and Helene Dutcher; Uncle Billy, Aunt Judy, Cliff, Ashley and Jacob; Quick Care, LLC; The Big Picture; Scott, Bunny and Anna Chestnutwood; Mary John Reinhardt; Tom and Gail Shoup; Mike and Moppy Brumby; Turner’s Furniture; Sam and Sue Stephens; Mickey J. Watson, CPA PC; Premier Hotel Corporation; Tiftarea Academy Key Club; Alan H. Swan, attorney–Alan and Lynn Swan; Moon’s Pharmacy, Inc.; Ellsworth Foods, Inc.; James Herring; Carolyn and Sonny Bowen; Simmy, Brandy, Julia and Spence McKeown; Tommy and Betty Ann Lindsey; Ray and Lisa Janelle; Target; The Big Store; Seeker’s SS Class FUMC; Lisa and Buster Janelle; and Melvin and Anita Merrill.
The Friends of the Race are Nancy Baldwin; Debbie Cohen; Arbie Bridges, Ron and Judy Evans; Larry and Carol Kennedy; Mr. and Mrs. Valdis Vanags; Erie K. Archer-Chambliss; Clarita Johnson; Betty S. Campbell; Hank and Teresa Johns; Al and Mary Ann Gibbs; Fred and Peggy Tucker; Lydia Norburg; Jeanette Knowlton; Dennis and Elizabeth Sommers; Rockin' Joe Expresso and Auto Detail; Anita Stovall; Sylvia and James Evans; Bobbie and Margie Strange; Tremayne and Dacia Porter; Kevin Stone; Kim Ezekiel; Keily Parrish; Catherine Ryce; Emily Fincher; Kimberly and Kevin Halbruner; Joel and Robin Johnson, Ali Missroon, Andi Missroon, Kyle Phelps, Darrell Braswell, Chad, Tiffanee, Brooks and Cason Crawford; and Brian and Flo Norris.
The donors to our silent auction were: Custom Calligraphy by Donna Morris; Dennis & Beverly Bloodworth; Walter “Pop” Strange; Linda Nalls; Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina; Erika Bloodgood; Becky Langenfeld; Vision Source; Annie’s Place; Cynthia Lee; The Pineapple Post; Cakes by Audrey; Juli Riddle; Tina Baxter; Sole’ Medical Spa; Brumby-White Christmas Tree Farm; Margaret Treadway; T& S Electric; Adams Exterminator; Avan and Jimmy Moore; and Mary Ann Cox.
The donors for our runners’ bags were: Georgia Farm Bureau, Darby Veazey State Farm; The Pineapple Post; Tift Regional Dental Group; Yancey Trucks; Adams Extermination; Shoney’s/Checkers; Tift Regional Medical Center; Ruby Tuesdays; and Toys for Tots.
Again, to all of our amazing supporters, we want to say an enormous thank you for making Christmas possible for so many children in the Tiftarea. For those who would like to join us in this wonderful cause, it is not too late! Contributions may be sent to Jog for Jake, 112 Long Pine Road, Tifton, GA 31794. You may also go to our website, www.jogforjake.com, for locations of the Toys for Tots drop boxes which will be out during November and December. All proceeds of the JFJ road race are spent locally which is an added benefit for our community.
To quote Acts 20:35, “ In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
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