Poker run raises money for Meals on Wheels

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About 100 motorcyclists made their way through parts of Texoma this morning to help raise money for a nonprofit.

After 31 years of putting on the April Fools Poker Run, the event is rather easy to put together at this point.

“It pretty much runs itself not because the people who have been helping us do it,” Jim Gilmore official at Red River Harley-Davidson said. “It’s all done by volunteers. Everybody steps up and we know we are going to do it each year, so the people who have been helping step up and it just happens.”

The poker run helps bring in money for the Friendly Door and the Meals on wheels program

“It costs $10 for an individual rider, $15 for a couple,” Gilmore said. “All the money, all the proceeds goes to the Friendly Door. When they complete the ride the friendly door is going to be serving lunch,
they will make a few dollars off of that. they will also be raffling off a few products at the scene.”

Along with the community support, all of the money that is raised is vital to the Friendly Door and its programs.

“This helps a lot, just in our fundraising,” Meals on Wheels volunteer Kyle Gilbert said. “Just in being able to have the resources here. It also helps with the awareness. Just bringing people here and getting people to know that the  Friendly Door is here to help people. And the meals on wheels program helps sustain it.”

Gilbert and other volunteers are so grateful for the support.

“The Meals on Wheels program is near and dear to my heart, so I am just really proud to be a part of this organization and I want to continue to see it grow, so just having this kind of support 
and love for our community just means a lot to us here at the friendly door,” Gilbert said.

With the event continuing to draw so many riders year after year, this fundraiser should continue for many more years to come.

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