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Raising money for animal sanctuary

June 15, 2009 - Frank Robinson
I went on my first poker run Sunday.

For those not familiar with a poker run, it's a fundraiser by motorcyclists who pay a fee to participate and ride a designated route.

This poker run -- the third annual -- began at the Salem Saxon Club picnic grounds on State Route 9 in Columbiana County. It raised money for the non-profit Alcheemy Acres animal sanctuary. The organization boasts that it is a no-kill sanctuary.

There were just more than 50 motorcycles signed up and many had two people each on them. At $10 a head, that adds up quickly.

The ride took the better part of the day and involved three steps across most of Columbiana County. The first stop was The Original Roadhouse, the second was Beaver Creek State Park and the third was at Guilford Lake Grille. Upon returning to the beginning, riders were given five cards and the winner received a prize. In all, counting the ride from Howland, I must have ridden about 150 miles.

There were many different styles of bikes and riders. Most people were middle-aged. One woman came from as far away as Cleveland. Most people were riding Harleys, but there was a pretty good mix of types of bikes. Most of them were cruisers. One guy had a 1,300 pound bike with V-8 chevy engine.

After a dinner at about 4 p.m., the Chinese auction was held and the winner of the 50-50 raffle was announced. The donated items -- dozens and dozens -- for the raffle were said to be vauled at $2,000 or more.

In all, it was a pretty good time. The weather was great and people were friendly. The money raised was for a good cause. And if I didn't already have three dogs and two cats, I would have brought home one of the adorable pets that were there.


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