The first annual St. Jude House Poker Run on Sunday, September 8 was a great way to enjoy the summer weather and give back to the community. With more than 100 people in attendance with participants visiting locations throughout the region, the event is sure to be a winner for years to come.
The poker run was sponsored by The Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association Inc., with all proceeds going to benefit the St. Jude House. St. Jude House provides services to victims of domestic violence and their dependent children.
The riders visited locations in Cedar Lake, Merrillville, Chesterton, Beverly Shores, Lake Station, Hebron and Kouts. Sharon Burke, event organizer, said “We gave everyone a map with 7 different locations. They could try to go to all or as many as they wanted to. But at each place they had to have a picture of their group. When they came back they each got 1 card for every picture they showed of them at a stop.”
According to Burke, the riders included some lucky players. “We had a tie for first with 2 straight flushes with a 9 as the high number,” she said. “They each received a $100 gift certificate.”
The event also featured a 50/50 contest, and many door prizes were given away, including prizes donated by Schepel Auto, Superior Oil, Envirotest, Tilted Kilt, Valparaiso Harley Davisdon, The Times and Autotrader.
Other event sponsors included monetary sponsors S&S Automotive, BMO Harris & Lamar. Lunch was sponsored by The Times and Richardson Sales & Service, and beverages were sponsored by Art Hill Ford.
Riders were also given commemorative pins, sponsored by Southlake Auto Mall and Shaffer Hyundai.
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.
For more information on NIATA, visit niatanow.com.