A local law enforcement motorcycle group is hosting a poker run on Saturday morning to raise money to buy holiday gifts for local kids.
Blue Knights spokesman Mike Gallina Jr. said the Cops & Kids Christmas Program Poker Run is a first for the club, but one they hope to make a tradition.
“Cops & Kids is a great cause that helps underprivileged kids get things they wouldn’t normally get for Christmas,” member Chuck Gilpin said. “It benefits the truly needy people in our community, and it is a great cause to support.”
For $15 a person, riders stop at several different locations throughout Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties and receive a card. They return to N.C. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 46 where their hand is judged by poker regulations.
The best and second best poker hand will win $100 and $50 respectively while the rider with the worst poker hand receives a $25 consolation prize.
A 50/50 drawing will be held and door prizes will be given out as well.
“Poker runs are really popular amongst riders because it gives them a chance to meet with other riders, but also support a charity at the same time,” Gallina said. “We have people who pay the $15, but don’t go to any of the stops just because they support what we are doing.”
Several of the stops on the poker run are at local businesses.
“You get to go at your own speed with your own group of friends and can choose the route you take,” Gilpin said. “Escorted runs are on a designated route, usually with no stops, but this is a fun way to get people to contribute to a good cause and ride at their own speed.”
Additional poker hands are $5 and lunch is provided to all those who participate. Registration starts at 9 a.m., the first bike will leave at 10 a.m. and the last will leave at 11 a.m.
“The ride is about an hour and a half if you go to all the stops,” Gallina said. “We want to give people enough time to ride without rushing to get back.”
The ride will begin and end at the N.C. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 46, 2831 Church St. in Rocky Mount.
For more information, call Steve Parker at 904-4597.