Giving back: Red Rock 4-Wheelers donate $17,000 to various groups

Members of the Red Rock 4-Wheelers pose with the recipients of $17,000 in donations the group handed out in 2019. Courtesy photo

The Red Rock 4-Wheelers, a 4-wheel drive club, appreciate and thank the Moab community for supporting our annual Easter Jeep Safari for the last 53 years. This year, the club gave back a total of $17,000 in donations to local entities – with a special focus on Grand County High School.

Each year the club donates funds back into the community by having our members suggest donations to people or foundations that are dear to them. This year, there was an impressive outpouring of support for high school activities. The club also donates to areas that work to keep our visitors safe while out doing their thing, whatever that may be, by donating to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and its search & rescue department.

The Red Rock 4-Wheelers welcome new members. You can join them for a club meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the clubhouse in unit B10 at the Moab Business Park, 11850 S. Highway 191. The club currently has over 1,200 members from coast to coast, Puerto Rico and worldwide, including the countries of Belgium, England, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Iceland and Spain and in the past, China.

We also have monthly trail rides. You can find a list of these on our website at RR4W.com. You’re always invited to join them for a trail ride.

The club’s annual donations were distributed at the October monthly club meeting.

From the front row on the left in the photo above is Rondelle Pierce, who accepted $500 for the GCHS swim team. “The program grows every year; swimming is a great place for the kids to be,” she said. Next to Pierce is San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Colton Brimhall, who said the $2,000 donation would “go a long way when search and rescue is needed.” Austin Marques, coach of the GCHS girls’ soccer team, accepted a $500 check, saying, “The team has had three coaches in three years. I’m staying and creating a program to help them learn.” Mike Estenson of the GCHS mountain biking team said the $1,500 donation would “build one loner bike for kids who can’t afford a bike and will help with travel expenses.” The 33-member team is coming off an amazing season. Next to Estenson is Keri Frandsen of the Canyonlands Rodeo Club, which received a $2,000 donation from the Red Rock 4-Wheelers.

Marsha Humphreys from the Moab Free Clinic is standing first on the right of the middle row. The clinic received $1,000. “The clinic touches so many locals in the area,” said Humphreys. Next to Humphreys is Daniel McNeil of Grand County Mentoring, which received a $500 donation. “We helped 91 kids make better choices last year and 60 percent of them are back in school,” he said.

First on the right in the back row is Red Rock 4-Wheelers Vice President Bob Kraft. Next to Kraft are Grand County Sheriff Steve White and Jim Webster of search & rescue. The two entities received a combined $4,000, money that will be used for search & rescue training and equipment, said Webster. The search & rescue department made a staggering 112 rescues in 2018; it is the busiest unit in Utah. Next to Webster is Mike Kelso, president of Red Rock 4-Wheelers.

GCHS and GCMS Band Director Josh Jensen said he would use his $1,000 donation “for new band uniforms and much-needed Method Books for both schools.” Those new uniforms were on display at the last couple of Red Devil home football games. They are snappy and you could tell it really gave the kids a confidence boost. Next to Jensen is Bob Jones of Canyonlands Care Center, which received $2,000, money that will be used to improve the quality of care for patients. Pete Kaufman, a club member and advocate for the Moab Valley Humane Society, will use his $500 donation to help efforts in Grand and San Juan counties. Next to Kaufman is club Treasurer John Martin.

Also, $1,500 was donated to the Moab Chamber of Commerce, not pictured, with thanks for its many years of service to the community of Moab and the Red Rock 4-Wheelers.

Brewer is the office manager for the Red Rock 4-Wheelers.