Jeep Beach Week 2022 in Daytona Beach ends with parade, cleanup

DAYTONA BEACH — As thousands of Jeeps drove slowly past the waterfront on Sunday, Wendy Rivera stood on the beach and shot little rubber ducks from a plastic ball launcher at the passing vehicles.

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

Up to 5,000 Jeeps showed up Sunday for the “Jeep Beach Sweep,” said Charlene Greer, executive director and chair of the weeklong Jeep Beach event.

As part of the closing ceremony, jeeps parade the beach from International Speedway Boulevard to Dunlawton Avenue, picking up trash as they go.

Jeeps begin to enter the International Speedway Boulevard approach

Organizers estimate 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 area charities over the past decade through the event’s annual week-long fundraising efforts. Recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia & Flagler Counties; NASCAR Foundation; the children’s cancer fund, as well as more than 30 additional non-profit groups.

A volunteer hands out garbage bags as jeeps pull 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 trash, it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not, to please stop, pick it up and carry it so we leave the beach cleaner that we found it, Greer said.

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