Friends and Family Continue Tradition to Keep Memory Alive
DOYLESTOWN – The third annual Jakestock event will be held Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at George M. Bush Park in Buckingham (Burnt House Hill and Cold Spring Creamery roads). Rain date is Sunday, June 12th. 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, softball, a dunk tank and face painting. New this year will be a moon bounce. A full schedule of local bands will provide music throughout the entire event.
Jakestock 2011 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.
Jake would have finished his freshman year at college this spring.
Last year’s Jakestock raised more than $6,000. Last year, two CB East seniors each received $1,000 scholarships. 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, including school children who need school supplies and back packs. The Jake R. Revere Campership Fund benefits Boy Scouts who can’t afford camping equipment.
Again this year, many of Jake’s friends have been involved in the planning of Jakestock and will help run the event. Many will be returning home from college for the summer. “It just makes me feel very grateful that people still care,” said Robin. “They want to show support and keep Jake’s spirit alive. It’s a good day to celebrate Jake.” Robin stays in touch with many of Jake’s friends through Facebook and e-mail. There will be at least one official planning meeting before the big event.
This year’s raffles include a baseball autographed by Roy Halladay and Phillies tickets. Gift cards from local merchants will also be raffled. Popular Jakestock merchandise including T-shirts, lanyards, bracelets and decals will again be for sale this year.
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 to the Jake Revere Foundation may be sent to “Friends of Jake” c/o Richard Revere, 3775 Morrison Way, Doylestown, PA 18902.
For more information, call Robin Revere at 267-253-0540 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.