Spring Fling Poker Run is Saturday

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Event helps veterans

By The Staff


By JESSICA BOWEN For The News-Enterprise VINE GROVE — On the Saturday following the Run for the Roses, the sound of racing horses slightly has changed to the revving engines of motorcycles in Louisville the last five years. This weekend the Spring Fling Blessing of the Bikes Poker Run will begin and end at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 10281 in Vine Grove. The bikers and other participants will be able to register for the event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, an hour-and-a-half prior to the ride to Louisville. Participants will be offered complimentary coffee and doughnuts and the VFW will be serving a hearty breakfast. During the registration process t-shirts will be sold, silent auction bids can be made and just before departure, Pastor Jimmy Squires of Abundant Life Church, blesses the bikes for their journey. The bikes will then be escorted by police down Ky. 1500 onto 313 and on into Louisville. Lunch with the residents of the Interlink facility begins at noon giving donors and bikers a chance to socialize and meet the people they are helping. Interlink is a counseling service that helps war veterans overcome addictions, get them back on their feet and functioning in society. The earnings and donations from last year’s Run helped to build an apartment complex for the veterans in the Interlink program. “Last year we raised about $7,000 and that went to build an apartment shelter for the veterans,” said Run organizer, Matt LaPierre. LaPierre has lived in the area and been medically retired since 2002. “I wanted to organize something where I could ride and raise money for veterans,” he said. He came up with the event to intertwine motorcycles and giving back to those who have served the nation. Following lunch with the residents of the apartments will be a ride back to the VFW where the silent auction results are revealed, the Poker games take place and prizes are given away all while a DJ spins some tunes. Overall, LaPierre’s goal is to raise about $10,000 this year to help furnish the apartments that were built. Any donations will also be accepted the day of the Run. LaPierre said 98 percent of all proceeds will go to the shelter. “It’s just a small way people can get together to do something fun and make a difference,” he said.