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Audrey’s Jingle in July
Four years ago we decided to do a vintage gathering named Jingle in July in Pigeon Forge TN. A tourist town at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We held it as a fundraiser for KOA Care Camps. They provide camps for kids with serious illness to get away for a week. At our first event we met Audrey. She was attending the upcoming camp in TN. She melted our hearts and we ask her permission to use her name for our events from that point on so the following years it has been called Audrey's Jingle in July. She was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer before her first birthday. Today she is 13 and 10 years cancer free. We held the event at the KOA for the next couple of years but we soon outgrew to venue with trailer numbers and spectator parking. This past year we held the event at River Plantation RV Resort in Sevierville TN only about 5 miles from where we started. This campground is very nice, large and has great accommodations for our event including a huge parking area for spectators for our open house. We now fully support a group called Evergreen Elves of Sevier County. A group of ladies including Audrey's mom Krista and the founder Brooke Ownby. This group of individuals place pre-lit decorated Christmas trees in sick, needy children's homes at Christmas including the local Children's home and the homebound seniors of the county. This year we raised over $2200.00 for Evergreen Elves and Heritage Girls scout troop who served a pancake breakfast. Audrey was one of 2019's national spokespersons for the Children's Miracle Network. She is also an Ambassador for East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville TN. She is host for our events and has a trailer of her own to use that she named Jingle. She has become a talented young lady doing local commercials and has even sang a few lines with Dolly Parton, hung out with the property brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott as well as had a shout out from Marie Osmond. At the event we have several things going on including a pot luck, Saturday breakfast, raffles, door prize drawings and the hit of the event the Dirty Santa gift exchange based on the White Elephant idea. And of course we all decorate up in all our Christmas Bling! We had 48 vintage at the event in 2019 and are holding 60 spots for 2020. The dates are: July 9th through July 12th 2020. Contact River Plantation RV Resort in Sevierville TN for reservations at 865-429-5267. Let them know you are camping with the Jingle in July group to be placed in our reserved area and receive a 10% discount on your rate. If you would like to arrive early just let them know.