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The passion of the group, with more than 2,500 members on Facebook, goes beyond just a love of Jeeps. Over the last two years the group has taken their passion and their huge following and used it to benefit nonprofit organizations across the Valley. One of the largest fundraisers is for PINK of Terre Haute. Similar to national “Go Topless Jeep Day” in May, the group wanted to put together a fundraising ride. One member suggested PINK of Terre Haute, which raises money for women with breast cancer and their families. PINK funding is used for expenses beyond general medical costs; including gas money, daily expenses, groceries and more. Latta reached out to Rich Bagnoche, the husband of PINK co-founder Amy Bagnoche, who passed away from cancer in November 2016. “He did a little crying, I did a little crying and he said whatever we wanted to do he was game,” Latta says. “So the first ride we did last year was for PINK and the goal was 100 Jeeps. We had 217 Jeeps and we packed them in. It rained that day and people didn’t care. There were people there in goggles and swim suits! Ever since then it’s been a no-brainer, we have to do this.” In May 2018 the Jeep Junkies hosted the annual Show and Shine and the Going Topless for PINK ride. The event was at the Hoosier Aviation Hangar near the Terre Haute Regional Airport and consisted of every- thing from a “car show” to a ride throughout the Valley to a concert that Saturday night. Latta says the event was a huge success with more than 300 Jeeps in attendance. With generous donations and support, the Jeep Junkies were able to raise $20,000 for Pink of Terre Haute. “The charity part of this is a bonus for us and be able to do something like that and help people,” Latta says. “Especially a group like Pink that is volunteers and they don’t take any money, so every nickel we raise goes to PINK, that’s what made it such a good fit for us because they have the same philosophy as us; they just want to raise money for a great cause.” New 2018 RAM 1500 Crew Cab • Highest Owner Loyalty of any 1/2 Ton Truck* • Worlds Best 10 Engines* • Best Family Pickup Truck* • Consumer Digest Best Buy* Six Years in a Row *See store for details. 888-310-1293 • 812-234-2615 www.vigododge.net Across from the Fairgrounds Terre Haute, IN tribstar.com/terrehauteliving August 2018 • Terre Haute Living 43