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Poker run lends a hand to disabled vets

6/20/2013

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

RUSSELL --  The hope is the second annual Ride for the DAV Poker Run is a bigger hit than last year's inaugural event.

Angie Schaard, whose son, Robert Rhodes, came up with the idea, said last year's goal for the fundraiser was $1,000, and more than $1,600 was raised.

"We hope to double that this year," she said.

Rhodes, who retired from the Marine Corps three years ago after serving 20 years, is a disabled veteran. Proceeds from Saturday's Poker Run will help disabled veterans.

"He just decided he wanted to raise money for the disabled veterans, because of all they've gone through, and the help they need," Schaard said.

Registration is from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Rhodes' business, Fierce Pride, 826 N. Maple. The cost is $30 per hand for the Poker Run, which ends at 5 p.m. Following the Poker Run, and free to participants, will be a barbecue at Swingin' Door Saloon, 832 N. Main, followed by a street dance at Eighth and Main.

For more, visit www.davpokerrun.com.