The first day of Go Jim Go began with the traditional send-off from Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman on WREG Live at 9. We visited many schools throughout the Memphis area, as well as Lemoyne Owen College, Sonic, Bikes Plus-Memphis and AutoNation Ford Wolfchase. We finished the day raising more than $40,000!
Go Jim Go Photos – Day 1
Go Jim Go Photos – Day 2
We got a hometown welcome from our friends in Millington and Tipton County. This was our first time to visit the area during the official Go Jim Go ride. Everywhere we went, we received waves, friendly honks, shouts of encouragement and generous donations. We were so welcomed it felt as though we had been coming to this area for the past 7 years of Go Jim Go. Thank you! We visited many schools with enthusiastic students ready to help-out. We also visited sponsors, such as the YMCA Millington, Homer Skelton Millington and the Memphis International Raceway!
Go Jim Go started day 3 in Desoto County at the Olive Branch YMCA Memphis. We visited Homer Skelton Ford right down the street from the Y and then we made our way to Southaven. We visited schools as well as Country Ford. At lunch time, our friends at the Mid-South Fair hosted a wonderful buffet of fair food under a private tent. The Go Jim Go team indulged on giant turkey legs, chicken kabobs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and of course… Pronto Pups! Jim also “dug” into a funnel cake right before his live shot at noon. After lunch we visited Southaven RV and more schools.
The generosity in Forrest City, AR blows us away every year and this year it was no different. By early morning, we had added $61,000 from Steve Roberts and the giving residents of this community. Our scenic ride (with a few hills… thanks, Wayne!) took us to Kelly’s Restaurant in Wynne, AR for lunch. There we received even more generous donations, including one from Progeny with Go Jim Go t-shirts to boot! After lunch we made our usual stops to Ross Ford and County Line Irrigation where they had Jim and the cycling crew autograph a few pumpkins. The day wouldn’t be complete without Steve Roberts cooking-up some type of excitement for us. This year he partnered with guys from Black Oak Arkansas… yes, that’s right, Jim Dandy to the Rescue. They held a concert at the Forrest City Fairgrounds to benefit Go Jim Go. Many thanks to all the bands who performed! Even after we left Forrest City, our work was not done. We made one final stop to Southland Park Gaming and Racing, where the team matched their initial donation right on the spot! It was a long and fun day full of surprises we only find during our visit to the Natural State! Thanks, Arkansas!
The fifth day of Go Jim Go, brought us heart-warming stories, beautiful scenery throughout Lauderdale County and a delicious lunch from Charlene’s, just to name a few of the highlights. Thank you, Lauderdale County!
The last day of Go Jim Go 2013 started with a delicious breakfast fit for a king from the Landers Ford Lincoln in Collierville team. Shelby County Mayor, Mark Luttrell, met us there “dark” and early to show his support for Jim. The last day took us to many schools and sponsor locations, such as the YMCA Collierville, Floied Fire Extinguisher & Steam Cleaning Company and Sonic Drive-in. Screams, squeals, cheers, an encouraging “Go Jim Go” chant here and there, really made us feel welcome at every stop. As always we ended another successful year of Go Jim Go by riding to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where Claudia Barr was waiting for Jim so they could start the Go Jim Go telethon. No Go Jim Go year would be complete without a few surprises and one of them came through a BIG donor who called in during the telethon and another surprising donation from our Forrest City, AR friend, Steve Roberts. Thank you to EVERYONE who called in. Thanks to every single one of you who donated throughout the ride this year, you helped Jim make this year the year we have dubbed The Million Dollar Year. Since 2006, Go Jim Go has raised more than $1 Million dollars and this is the year we hit the milestone thanks to the generous giving of Mid-Southerners. Thank you for supporting Go Jim Go, thank you for encouraging Jim Jaggers along the way and most importantly thank you for helping Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital continue to provide top-notch healthcare to EVERY child who needs it! We’ll see you in 2014.