October 24th , 2012 9:26 am Leave a comment

Benefit poker run set for Saturday

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Rolling Thunder Inc., Chapter 4 Tennessee, will host a benefit poker run Saturday, Oct. 27, for the 702nd Engineer Company, Family Readiness Group, located in Gray.

About 130 soldiers have families residing in the Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. The Family Readiness Group will host a holiday dinner Saturday, Dec. 1, for the soldiers and their families. In 2011, around 80 children and teens attended the holiday dinner. All proceeds from the poker run will help provide a happy holiday for these children of soldiers.

The run will depart from National Guard Armory, Armed Forces Reserve Center, 249 Don May Road, Gray, at 1 p.m. Registration will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

The ride’s route will pass the veterans’ memorials in Bristol, Elizabethton and Johnson City, returning to the Armed Forces Reserve Center. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive a $10 per hand prize. There will also be a prize given for the worst hand.

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