DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Many residents came out to spend the first Saturday of the month at The Plant for the 12th annual Jon Jam. The eventful day started with a 22 and 44-mile bike ride at 8 a.m.
At noon, the gates opened with a $25 admission fee. The event featured food and bar vendors, plenty of live entertainment, fun and games for the kids, and a chili cook-off.
“We used to do whole hogs and we did that for a few years. We decided to move it to the springtime and thought of a chili cook-off. We have Chili teams come in and they make it their own event and we just have a chili competition,” Jon Jam Co-Chairman Korey Long said.
Jon Jam started over a decade ago in honor of Jon Lee, who injured his spine in 2008. The proceeds from the event benefit the Refurbished Equipment Assisted Living (REAL) Project at WRC, AMBUCS of the Wiregrass, and Adaptive Yoga to improve the quality of life of those living in the Wiregrass with disabilities.
“Our goal this year is $30,000 and we are about $1,100 short of that. So, if anybody still feels like they want to help us out, we’ll appreciate it,” said Jessica Robinson, the sister of Jon Lee.
The money raised from Jon Jam usually funds the R.E.A.L. Project for the entire year. Robinson added that she’s thankful for the community’s support every year because it would be difficult to give back and there would be a lot of needs unmet.