May 26, 2010 Edition

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Walnut Ridge resident Carl Wolf (from left) enjoys the fund-raiser by catching up with old friends, including Blake Cox and Brett Cox.

Charity run benefits
children's shelter

Joey Gill (left) and Ben Brand perform several songs by request at the annual Charity Poker Run on Saturday.
TD Photos ~ Shantelle Prater
Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Cox Kawasaki recently held its second annual Charity Poker Run to benefit The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

The event started at 8 a.m. and motorcyclists were sent in teams to five checkpoints in Lynn, Cave City, Highland, Ravenden and Hoxie. An estimated 122 motorcycles participated in the event.

After motorcyclists returned to Cox Kawasaki, participants enjoyed a cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs and cake and were entertained by the Ben Brand Band, featuring Ben Brand and guitarist Joey Gill.

"We had a really good turnout," said Cox Kawasaki Assistant Manager Blake Cox. An estimated 150 participants enjoyed the cookout after the poker run was completed.

The American Red Cross Blood Mobile was also on site at the event.

"I was really glad to be a part of this," said Ben Brand. "I feel the shelter is an asset to our county."

Awards were also given at the cookout. The $250 money gift for best hand was awarded to John Carpenter, and Marilyn Timz received the $50 award for worst hand. Noel Jones won a free oil change from Cox Kawasaki and David Layne and Lee Bell each won $50 as randomly-drawn door prizes.

Wayne Beaupre received best representation of the American flag and received $250 for the award.

"The event went really well," said Ray Stone. "We raised a lot of money and several participants commented on how successful the event was."

The charity poker run first started last year and earned $2,400 for the shelter. This year's event raised $3,100, and plans are underway for next year's event.

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