Moose Riders poker run raises money to fight cancer
FORT MOHAVE — Motorcycle enthusiasts were able to ride their bikes to help others during the 11th annual Sweetheart Poker Run on Sunday.
The charity ride is sponsored by the Moose Riders of Moose Lodge No. 1860 and is meant to spread awareness about breast cancer, as well as to support cancer patients and their loved ones.
“Every donation, no matter the size, counts toward our goal — which is to give comfort and support to those stricken with this unfortunate condition,” Don Russell, president of Moose Lodge No. 1860 president, explained.
Proceeds this year will go to Friends of the River Fund Cancer Connection. This organization provides financial assistance to local cancer patients when certain needs are unaffordable.
This includes transportation costs and room accommodations for out-of-town trips to treat, repair and replace equipment. That could be for such needs as “wheelchairs, prescription and office visit co-pays,” according to River Fund Inc.
Poker run riders could sign up at either the Bullhead City Moose Lodge or Roadhouse 95 in Fort Mohave.
The Roadhouse also was the final destination on a list of stops around the area. In Bullhead City, participants would stop at the Pour House and O’Leary’s; in Fort Mohave they would go to Hooch’s and Phoenix Leather; and in Topock, the destinations were the VFW and 66 Marina.
At each stop, the rider would grab a playing card.
There was no prescribed route so riders could decide where they wanted to go and how they wanted to get there. They just had to arrive at the final stop by 3 p.m.
As he prepared to start the run, Bob Hoffman, of Fort Mohave, said he looked forward to seeing people he knew. His wife, Tammy, came with him to the Roadhouse but drove away separately to do her own weekend things.
Riders who collected the highest and lowest hands were declared the event winners. They formed their hands using five of the seven cards collected that day.
Riders paid $15 to pick up one hand or $25 for two. This event was close to Valentine’s Day so the event name and fliers were meant to encourage riders to buy a second hand for their sweethearts.
Area businesses donated gift baskets with an assortment of items, including wine, beer or some other sort of spirit. Cash and gift cards also were welcome donations.
A couple of the baskets contained small bottles of Fireball carefully arranged among other gift items. Another basket featured bright pink boxing gloves — the color used for breast cancer awareness.
Riders could enjoy live music and food while they waited to hear who won the ride as well as the various other prizes donated.