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by Kay Vasilakis

Poker Runs are lots of fun, and what better cause to support than the Advocate Safehouse Project, an organization which helps victims of domestic abuse.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, in downtown Carbondale, you can take part in the Second Annual Poker Run presented by Carbondale’s Roadside Gallery and The Pour House. Last year’s proceeds were given to an individual who was involved in a motorcycle accident. This year, Skip Bell of The Pour House came up with the idea of proceeds going to The Safehouse Advocate Project.

With the $25 fee comes a route map and one playing card inside a sealed envelope. The planned route is a trip to Twin Lakes, but depending upon the weather, it could be changed to an alternate route. In each of four successive marked stops, participants gather additional sealed envelopes.

Returning back to either the Pour House or the Roadside Gallery, motorcycle riders hand in the sealed envelopes. Event organizers open the envelopes and record the hands. The person with the best hand is the first to choose which prize he/she wants. Prizes include a metal sculpture by Joe Karr and photos on canvas by Marty Garfinkel, as well as door prizes.

Dinner will be served at The Pour House in Carbondale. A special selection of three or four dinner choices is planned. If you want to participate and support the Advocate Safehouse Project but don’t own a Harley or a Gold Wing, you can attend the dinner for only $15.

“We like this Poker Run because it combines a fun bike event with an opportunity to get together with friends and family to donate money to a worthy cause,” said Marty Garfinkel of The Roadside Gallery. “Poker runs are traditional motorcycle events, big and small, held all over the country.”

Pre-registration is available at The Pour House and at the Roadside Gallery in Carbondale.

The Advocate Safehouse Project’s goal is to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in our community. Programs offered by the Advocate Safehouse Project are a 24-Hour Help Line which offers crisis intervention and counseling, a Children’s Program, an Outreach Program in which nonresidents are offered counseling and support, a Latino Outreach Program, and Women’s Support Groups which offer weekly groups in Glenwood Springs and Rifle. An important added feature to these support groups is that free childcare is provided during meetings.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “Nonprofit Spotlight”, appears every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

Poker Run at a Glance

When? Sunday, Sept. 19

Where? 320 Main St., Carbondale

To participate: $25 includes route map, five cards, dinner and a chance to win prizes. $15/dinner only

Sponsored by: Roadside Gallery and The Pour House

Contact: The Roadside Gallery at 963-9333 or The Pour House at 963-3553


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