Riding for the Troops

07/22/12


For the third straight year, American Legion Post 36 held their Annual Deuces Wild Poker Run.  It began when some local Angels asked the Legion to help with a fundraiser and the legion responded by creating and leading this annual fundraiser.

Beginning in the small Nebraska town of Gering, 32 motorcycle enthusiasts--about half of them active members of the American Legion Riders--each covered 280 scenic miles round-trip in Nebraska and Wyoming as they went from station to station to pick up their cards.  Participants then tallied up their poker hand accumulated at the five stops on the course and received prizes for the best hands.  They also participated in raffles and a professional auction, and enjoyed supper together at their last stop. 

The Poker run was coordinated by Lee Sieb, a member of the Sons of the Legion in memory of his father, who served in World War Two.  "We do it to help out the soldiers the best we can," says Rob Godinez, President of the Post 36 American Legion Riders.  "We hope that everybody supports our troops."

Prizes were donated by local businesses, and proceeds from raffles and the auction went to Soldiers' Angels.  Total funds raised have not yet been calculated, but the event is expected to result in a $1200 donation to Soldiers' Angels. 

Thank you to American Legion Post 36 for showing what a small but dedicated group of patriots can do!