Poker run slated for Saturday

Published 12:24 am Thursday, September 18, 2014

Each year, more than 600 children in Covington County seek medical attention at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

And each year, Caitie’s Army, an organization founded to raise money for research in honor of Straughn’s Caitie Rhodes who is battling brain cancer, team up with Children’s Hospital to raise money for families dealing with pediatric cancer.

Tee Terry, who is Rhodes’ aunt, said a poker run is scheduled for this Saturday and they hope it’s the biggest event yet.

Last year’s poker run raised $7,750 for Children’s Hospital, and they hope to rake in more than that this year.

The poker run will begin at the Red Level VFW and those who participate will travel to Choo Molly’s in Georgiana, to Buddy’s Tavern in Brantley, to the American Legion in Gantt and back to the VFW. ****

Poker hands are $20 per person.

T-shirts are also on sale to show support for Children’s Hospital. The cost is $15 and all proceeds go to the hospital.

“This is our fourth event,” Terry said. “So, far we have turned in more than $21,000.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the first bike will be out at 11 a.m.

Terry said the funds go to the Hope and Cope Program at Children’s.

“It helps parents from all over,” she said. “It buys gas, food and hotels — anything they need for treatment. It is governed by Children’s.”

Additionally, Terry said they plan to send at least 50 gallons of drink tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Mobile.

“We collect them for a solid year and donate them every September,” she said. “Anyone who has some to donate can call me, and I’ll be happy to pick them up or they may bring them to the VFW. We plan to have a presentation around 10 a.m.”

For more info, call Terry at 334-504-4095.