By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Saturday morning, bikers will gather at Liberal Harley Davidson to help raise money for local youth.
The Liberal Harley Owners Group is hosting its fourth annual poker run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haskell, Seward and Stevens County, and BBBS Director Kerry Seibel said registration will take place between 8:30 and 10 a.m.
“We will start at the Harley Davidson shop, and they will go to Sublette, Ulysses and Satanta and back to the Harley shop and see who has the best poker hand,” she said.
The first bike will leave the shop at 9:30 a.m., and prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, and lunch will be served.
“The meat was provided by Seaboard,” Seibel said. We’ll have pulled pork sandwiches and all the sides. All the proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
Door prizes will also be given out.
“Everybody’s issued a ticket when they sign up,” Seibel said. “We have a bunch of door prizes that we have accumulated from local businesses. They have a chance of winning a door prize.”
Seibel said half of the money raised from the 50/50 drawing will go to the winner with the other half going to BBBS.
“In the past years, the money has been donated back to us,” she said.
In addition to Seaboard and local businesses donating to the cause, Seibel said other items were made possible for the poker run.
“The pop was all donated by Pepsi,” she said. “Water is donated by Hutch’s.”
Now in its fourth year, Seibel said the BBBS poker run is the last one for the HOG group in the month of August.
“It’s been very successful in the past, and we always look forward to doing it,” she said. “We always expect about 100 riders. Last year, I think we had about 76.”
Seibel described the fundraising goals for Saturday’s run.
“As much as we can possibly get,” she said. “It takes $1,000 to match one child. If we could raise enough to match at least one child, we would consider that a success. It benefits Seward, Haskell and Stevens counties. Anybody is welcome to ride. It’s not just for Harley motorcycles. Anybody in the surrounding area can participate.”
In the three counties it serves, BBBS currently has 58 matches, with 30 kids on its waiting list. Seibel said the money raised can help match a child with a mentor and can be used for background checks and everything that is involved with a match, as well as activities for those on the waiting list.
“All of our littles are ages 5 to 17 and are considered at risk and/or from single parent households,” she said. “It gives the kids a chance for better academics, self-confidence, school attendance and performance. They have a better chance of furthering their education down the line. It keeps them from gang activity, drug and alcohol use, and those, in turn, will help our community.”
Registration for the poker run is $35 per couple or $25 per single. That price includes a T-shirt. Extended sizes will be extra. For more information, call Seibel at 624-9000 or Elizabeth at 624-7162.