Organizers and sponsors of Ocoee River Jam 2 met at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 12th to present checks to the local organizations that benefitted from the fundraising event. The weekend jam raised a total of $4,692 with proceeds directly benefiting local youth.
The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland was given a donation of $3,492 to benefit the Powers and Benton units. ACE Kayaking School will purchase new equipment for their youth kayaking program with a $700 gift. The American Red Cross was also presented with a $500 contribution.
“It is something this area has needed,” said Dale Click of the event. “It’s great to get folks together for a weekend of live music and fun, but it is even better when our “little” jam can make a difference for local youth.”
The Ocoee River Jam 2 was held the weekend of August 1-3 at Dumpy’s. Music was provided by a variety of local bands with specific headliners each day. The Davisson Brothers kicked off the show on Friday night, and the weekend of music continued with performances by Leroy Powell and the Messengers, Red Wine Hangover, Sonic Brew, Mad Tea Party, Anthony Adams & the Nite Owls, The Mables, Tumbleweed Company, “Poobah” Don Mealer, Convertibull, Dana Rogers, Axe Blade Junction, Bad Tattoo, Paul “Treetop” Kuykendall, Isaac Hayden, Tripp Wrigley, Paddlin’ Around and Cade Smith. Dagger Blue wrapped up the festival on Sunday.
ORJ organizers would like to thank the following Event sponsors: Dumpy’s, Ms. Be’s Purple Bus (largest single sponsor), Ocoee Outdoors, Tarver Distributing, Carter Distributing, Happy Tails, Water Works Marina, Sunburst Adventures, Cherokee Rafting, Mountain Oak Vapors, Whitewater Grill, Wright Bros. Construction, Paul Steel & Co., Jackie Evans Trucking, On Stage Dance Studio, WOOP FM, Ocoee Brewing, Chad Smith Family, Montgomery Guitars, Friends of the Jam, Trans Wood Carriers, Glaze Electrical Supply and Detour DJ.
Planning is already underway for Ocoee River Jam 3. Anyone interested in volunteering or planning for next year’s event should contact Julie Thornton, bar manager at Dumpy’s.