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Ride for a cause Saturday

Kathryn Turner
Summit Daily News

On Saturday, break out the motorcycle and play a game of poker for a good cause: St. Anthony Summit Medical Center’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.

The local district for motorcycle rights and education group, A Brotherhood Active Towards Education (which runs the motorcycle education course at Colorado Mountain College), is holding its annual poker run Saturday to benefit SANE, which provides specialized care to people who have been assaulted.

“It’s a worthy organization,” said Brad Lehmkuhl, district representative for the brotherhood’s local chapter.

Here’s how it works: Riders meet at Holiday Inn in Frisco Saturday morning, and ride on to locations in Fairplay, Johnson’s Village, Leadville and Copper Mountain before returning back to Holiday Inn. At each stop, riders get a card; they play their hands at the end, and the lucky players with the best hand (and the worst one) get a pay-out.

The event is open to riders with all makes and models of motorcycles. And, even those without wheels can participate – there’s a community after-party with live music by The Ripped Van Winkles, door prizes, a raffle and a “50/50,” the profits of which go half to a winner, and the other half to the cause.

The brotherhood does this ride every year, and always contributes the proceeds to a local nonprofit. This year, SANE was chosen because a few of the ABATE riders work at the hospital and suggested the program as a recipient.

Past years have drawn in around $1,000, Lehmkuhl said. Last year’s ride had about 30 participants, but this year, he’s hoping to see 50.

“We get to meet some new friends,” he said. And, “We’re doing something to make the community a little bit better.”


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