Fundraiser/Family Event to Honor Memory of Jake Revere
DOYLESTOWN – The tradition continues, and Jake Revere’s family and friends keep his memory alive for the fifth consecutive year. The fifth annual JakeStock will be Saturday, June 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at George M. Bush Park in Buckingham (Burnt House Hill and Cold Spring Creamery Roads). The family-friendly event benefits community members in need. The event will feature lots of food (BBQ, water ice, soft pretzels, giant bake sale), volleyball, a dunk tank, face painting and a moon bounce. There will also be a variety of raffle items and a hanging annual basket sale. A full schedule of local acoustic bands will provide music throughout the event.
JakeStock ‘13 is being held in memory of popular teen Jake Revere, who died at age 16 in a 2008 skiing accident. To honor their son, Rich and Robin Revere of Doylestown established a memorial scholarship to be awarded to students from Central Bucks East High School, where Jake was a 10th-grader.
While many of his friends are college students both near and far, they haven’t let their enthusiasm for the event diminish. In fact, the event grows in scope each year, with dozens of local young adults helping plan and run the fundraiser.
Last year’s JakeStock raised more than $5,000. The Reveres established the Jake Revere Foundation to help those in need of financial assistance. The foundation includes the Jake R. Revere Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits Central Bucks graduating seniors. The foundation also helps those in need in the local community, especially children who otherwise couldn’t participate in positive social and educational activities. The Jake Revere Campership Fund provides a yearly scholarship to a graduating Boy Scout from Troop 6 of the Doylestown United Methodist Church, Jake’s former troop.
New this year will be a food drive for local pantries. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to help stock the shelves of local pantries during the summer, a time when donations often wane.
Jake’s mother, Robin Revere, is proud of the students and friends who continue to lend a hand and honor the memory of her son. “I feel very grateful that people continue to care so much and are so willing to help their community,” said Robin. “They want to show support and help keep Jake’s spirit alive. It’s a great day to celebrate Jake.” Robin stays in touch with many of Jake’s friends through Facebook and e-mail. The Revere’s three daughters, Kacey, 19, Kellie, 15, and Sophie, 13, will also lend a hand.
This year’s raffles include two Diamond Club tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game and a baseball autographed by Phillies ace Cole Hamels. A variety of gift cards will also be raffled, including a $500 gift card to C and C Photo Studios of Doylestown and a birthday party at the Little Gym of Doylestown. Other gift cards and items from local merchants, including Fred Beans of Doylestown, will also be raffled.
Popular JakeStock merchandise including T-shirts, lanyards, decals and hand-made bracelets will be for sale this year. Order at www.jakerevere.com (through the Merchandise page). This year there will also be a plant sale featuring hanging baskets with beautiful annual flowers.
Jake Revere was a CB East honor roll student who died tragically in a skiing accident on March 7, 2008. Jake played volleyball and enjoyed acting in school theater productions. He was actively involved with the youth group at Doylestown United Methodist Church and performed missionary work in the depressed areas of the South. Jake was a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 6 in Doylestown and was planning on completing his Eagle Scout requirements.
Contributions may be sent to the Jake Revere Foundation, 3775 Morrison Way, Doylestown, PA, 18902 or online at www.jakerevere.com (Donations page).
For more information, call Robin Revere at 267-253-0540 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.