Poker Run to raise funds for Shop With A Cop program

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By Kristin Beck

The second annual Poker Run benefiting the Shop With A Cop program roars back into town on Oct. 25.

Co-Event Coordinator April McClellen said signups for the event run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the front entrance to General Butler State Resort Park the morning of the event. The ride will start at 11 a.m. sharp and end around 3:30 p.m. at the Carrollton Police Department on Clay Street.  

This will be the ninth year for the Shop With A Cop program in Carrollton. So far, it has helped more than 500 children and raised more than $100,000, McClellen said.

Organizers McClellen, Ron Jones and Pat McGlennen had been involved with poker runs in the past and made it their goal to bring the fundraiser to town. Last year, 69 bikes participated in the Poker Run, and the event raised $2,304, McClellen said.  

“We’re hoping to double that if we can,” Jones said.

“It was a huge success, and (Carrollton Police Chief) Mike (Willhoite) escorted us the whole way,” McClellen said.

Since then, McClellen said the event has received national media attention and hopes to draw more riders from around the country.

The event costs $20 per couple, $15 per individual and $5 per additional hand. Participants will draw a card at the park, at the police station and at the three stops in between. The person with the highest hand will win $100.

A free dinner of chili, pimento cheese sandwiches and soft drinks will be held at the police station following the event for participants.

“It’s something to give back to the people who show up and to show we appreciate them and thank them for showing up,” Jones said.

Upon signing in, participants will receive a door prize ticket for a chance at close to 130 prizes that will be drawn at the dinner. There will also be an auction, a raffle and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets for the raffle and 50/50 are $1 a piece or six for $5.  

McClellen said she has received donated prizes from both local and out of town businesses and organizations.

While motorcycles are not everyone, the poker run organizers still hope to collect donations for Shop With A Cop.

“It’s been a really successful program to give back to people who need it at Christmas time,” Jones said.

For those who can’t take part in the poker run, donations to the poker run can be mailed or dropped off to McClennen, 750 Clay Street, Carrollton, Ky.

For more information, call McClennen (502) 732-6621 or (502) 732-4932.