Motorcycle aficionados can take advantage of the summer weather one last time at the first annual St. Jude House Poker Run on Sunday, September 8. The poker run is sponsored by The Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association Inc.
The Northwest Indiana Auto Trade was originally founded in the 1950s as a group of dealership owners, but was restructured in the mid 1990s to promote local businesses and provide the best service possible to local consumers. To do this, they work with companies in the area that regularly do business with dealerships and plan events that will benefit Northwest Indiana, such as the Poker Run, and other charitable events.
This year, NIATA also raised money for organizations such as Campagna Academy, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, CAMP, Food Bank of NWI, and Opportunity Enterprises. They also provide an annual scholarship for area students, with youths from Hobart, Portage and Michigan City High Schools winning the 2013 scholarships.
NIATA hopes to raise $3,500 with 100 bikes for St. Jude House of Crown Point. St. Jude House provides services to victims of domestic violence and their dependent children.
The poker run will cost $25 per motorcycle plus $10 per rider; this cost includes a catered lunch after the ride sponsored by The Times. Call Sharon Burke (219) 712-9489 to reserve your spot.
The event starts at Valparaiso Harley Davidson, 1151 U.S. Highway 30 at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. The ride will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Once the bikes are in there will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and more. For more information on NIATA, visit niatanow.com.