Jeep Jaunt fundraiser
American Lung Association in Louisiana
Volunteer Excellence Award
John Falcon first contacted the American Lung Association in Louisiana in 2005. Using his love for jeeps, he had a fundraising idea he called the "Jeep Jaunt."
Ten years later, the Annual Jeep Jaunt fundraiser is a 40-mile police-escorted convoy of street-legal Jeeps and 4x4s from Celebrity Theatres in Broussard to Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in Charenton every October. Funds are raised through registrations, promotional item sales, raffles, auction and donations. All proceeds from this annual event go directly to the Lung Association. In the 10-year history, the Jeep Jaunt has raised well over $500,000 with close to 9,000 total participants. All of the proceeds are dedicated to research, education, and advocacy to eradicate lung disease. The Jeep Jaunt is run solely with John, his amazing family of seven siblings and the most supportive friends from all over Acadiana.
In addition to the jaunt, John and his family and friends host a Jeep Jam every August as a mini kick-off to the Jeep Jaunt to create excitement, early registrations and awareness for the Lung Association.
As a DJ in Lafayette, John has secured over $750,000 of free advertising for both events through his radio station, 99.9 KTDY, and that of several media colleagues in television. Additionally, just this past year, he won the Acadiana Community Hero Award and donated his winnings to the Lung Association.
John has a beautiful spirit and desire to make our world a better place.