Jeep Beach Week 2022 in Daytona Beach ends with a parade, cleaning

DAYTONA BEACH – As thousands of jeeps slowly drove past the water’s edge on Sunday, Wendy Rivera stood on the beach, shooting small rubber ducks from a plastic ball thrower at passing vehicles.

“The ducks are a Jeep thing that started when covid started, and it’s just a way to gild people’s day,” says Rivera, from Port St. John.

Up to 5,000 jeeps showed up on Sunday for “Jeep Beach Sweep”, says Charlene Greer, CEO and chair of the week-long Jeep Beach event.

As part of the closing ceremony, jeeps parade the beach from International Speedway Boulevard to Dunlawton Avenue and pick up debris as they walk.

Jeeps begin to enter the International Speedway Boulevard

Organizers estimate that this year’s Jeep Beach attracted about 200,000 visitors and 20,000 jeeps, Greer said earlier this week. Now in its 19th year, Jeep Beach has become a beloved annual event due to its focus on raising money for worthy causes.

Incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity in 2017, Jeep Beach has donated over $ 2.8 million to charities in the area over the past decade through the event’s annual week-long fundraiser. Recipients include the boys ‘and girls’ clubs in Volusia & Flagler counties; NASCAR Foundation; the Childhood Cancer Foundation, as well as more than 30 additional non-profit groups.

A volunteer hands out garbage bags when jeeps line up

In 2021, the event raised a record $ 500,000 for charity.

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“We sent out garbage bags and we asked all our jeepers when they leave the beach if they see a piece of rubbish, it does not matter if it is yours or not, to please stop, pick it up and carry it so that we leave the beach cleaner we found den, said Greer.

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