Poker Run for the Healing Field this Saturday

Motorcycle riders and enthusiasts from around the region, even from other states, will be gathering this coming Saturday for the 9th Annual Poker Run for the Healing Field.  The Poker Run is a yearly fundraising event to help maintain the Healing Field at the Legion Park.  The Healing Field, which is the first of its kind in the state, honors Kentucky soldiers who have died in the War on Terror with a dedicated American flag, flag pole, and marker.

According to local American Legion Auxiliary president, Pam Brough, the Healing Field costs around $8000 a year for all the maintenance and insurance costs.  These include replacing all the 118 flags each year at a cost of $40 a flag as well as landscaping and clean up costs.  They also install new flag poles for each recent Kentucky soldier who has died in the war.

However, last year’s Poker Run came up short by a wide margin due to bad weather.  “It rained on the day of the poker run and the rain date and only raised $2500 – $3000, which wouldn’t even change the flags,” Pam said.

This year, they’re planning on working around the weather even if it rains and will try to do the ride on Saturday without a rain date.  According to Pam, the ride will start at the Legion Park at noon and take the scenic route to the Frankfort Vietnam Memorial through Versailles.  Then they’ll head back to the park for a free meal by the Cattlemen’s Club as well as silent auctions, raffles, prizes and more.

The Poker Run has anywhere from 60-150 motorcycles, and it costs $15 a bike and $10 for additional riders for the run (registration starts at 10am).  There are also business sponsorships that will be printed on t-shirts.  Defining Forces Veteran’s Club will also be helping with the event.  For more information, contact Pam Brough at 502-680-1268.

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