Bikers raise money for leukemia patient with poker run
by Alan Reed
Aug 01, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The population of the town of Gracey, Kentucky increased by 400 for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Poker Run made a stop at Rip’s Barbecue to draw cards and enjoy some good times at the end of the day. When the dust settled, and the money counted, Poker Run chairman Ronnie Moore said that the motorcycle club raised over $27,000 for 13-year-old Matthew Litchfield, who was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

Motorcyclist Adam Fuller of Hopkinsville said that he enjoyed the daylong outing. “We went on a good, long, fun ride and got sunburned. We started at the Western Kentucky State Fairgrounds, passed through Granville, Madisonville, Princeton, and now we are here. It’s great to see this many people involved. When you see a big long line of bikes, it shows a lot of support.”

Moore said, “The best part is seeing a great response from people. It’s great to look out and see maybe 50 bikes, then maybe 150, then look out and see them everywhere.” He estimated over 400 motorcyclists and other participants joined the Poker Run.

2007 marked the fifth year the Eagles sponsored the annual poker run named in honor of former beneficiary Lexi Sabatino. The Eagles also hold the event in memory of Ryan Brown.

Moore said that Jim Watson of Hopkinsville won an $18,000 2007 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle. The Eagles bought the bike and sold lots for $20 each.

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