First Annual St. Jude House Poker Run

2013-08-22T00:00:00Z First Annual St. Jude House Poker RunMatt Sharp Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
August 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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.

In a poker run, motorcyclists ride a specified route, with up to ten stops at various points of interest. At each stop, the rider will receive one playing card that they can then use to make up a complete poker hand. All poker winnings will be donated to the St. Jude House charity.

Tom VanProoyen, the current President of NIATA, is hoping to attract runners and spectators alike to this unique event. He said he hopes the event will be a great success due to the popularity of motorcycling in the area. For those who don’t ride, the catered lunch will be open for riders to mingle with non-riders.

VanProoyen is also the manager at Schepel Buick and GMC in Merrillville. His dealership holds many community involvement events, including an employee golf outing to raise money for local scholarships. The dealership recently had a massive sale where a certain percent of the money earned went to charity.

Organizers hope 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. They provide services such as, shelter, crisis intervention, and even phone support.

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.

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