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Hundreds turn out for Jeepin' 4 St. Jude

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MARION, Ill. — Hundreds of people, and their Jeeps, gathered at Absher-Arnold in Marion Saturday morning for a day of fun and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Engines roared at Jeepin’ 4 St. Jude where more than 450 people piled into Jeeps to raise money for a good cause.

“We’re very excited with the turnout,” said Kyle Fisher, who helped organize the event. “It’s way more than we expected. We were hoping for 300 people and we’ve went way past that, so it’s way exceeded any expectation that we had for the turn out.”

He says the response and outpouring of support from the community was inspiring, especially for a brand new event. 

“It’s always fun when you can get together with other Jeep owners,” Fisher said. “It’s a special breed of people and they always seem to have a good time.”

Fisher adds that when the organizers got together, St. Jude was an obvious choice help.

“When you think of kids, you think of cancer, two things that should never be in the same sentence so anything we can do to help end that or help any kid that might be in need,” he said. “It’s hard to find a better charity to support,” 

During the event the hundreds of participants drove their Jeeps to landmarks in the region, including Giant City State Park and vineyards across southern Illinois.

Fisher says they’re not exactly how much the event raised for St. Jude, but the goal going in was $10,000. 

“At the end of the day no matter what that total ends up being we know that we’ve done a good thing here and we know that people have had fun,” Fisher said.

Organizers say after the success of this year’s event, they hope to make it an annual occurrence. 

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