The Back the Blue Jeep Rally drives through the TriState in Style

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — Jeep after Jeep after Jeep, pulled into the Audubon Chrysler Center as a part of the Evansville Area Jeepers Back the Blue Jeep Rally.

One Audubon Chrysler representative said Jeep is a brand and car loved by everyone.

“Just the different types of folks that you see out here, I mean it’s all walks of life,” said Jason Moore. 

The caravan started in Evansville and ended across the Ohio River, where the Henderson Fire Department greeted the drivers with a giant American flag. The event raises money for Cops Connecting with Kids; a local organization which helps cops give back to kids in the community by sending them on a free trip to Disney World.

“They’re just good kids that do right in their school. So from everything from leadership to being on time and being a good student and attendance, earns them a trip. These are well deserving kids that get an opportunity to do something they otherwise couldn’t,” said Moore.

One Henderson Police Officer says they hope to be able to send 8 kids to Disney.

“There’s a negative feud toward law enforcement and sometimes kids get scared of law enforcement so if we can change that and be positive and get it to where they think of me as Jermaine instead of Officer Poynter and feel comfortable enough to come up and approach and talk to me, that’s what we want,” said Major Jermaine Poynter.

Besides Jeepers cruising around in style, there was live music and drivers got the chance to put their tricked out rides to the test with off-road obstacle courses. 

“We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of Jeeps here, we’ve got thousands of people and it’s all for a good cause. The Cops Connecting with Kids Organization is an incredible organization that gives back to our community by building a relationship between our police department and our students.”

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(This story was originally published on July 27, 2019)

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