Four autographed and framed photographs of people that motorcycle enthusiasts may recognize are on the list of raffle prizes for the upcoming Ride for Independence Poker Run.
The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with registration at Sunshine Garage, 1006 Broadway in Larned. Motorcycle kickstands go up at 10 a.m. but any street-legal vehicle is welcome.
Sunflower Diversified Services, a non-profit agency, is sponsoring the poker run to raise money for people with developmental disabilities and delays. All proceeds are earmarked for adult services, which include residential and employment support.
One donated photograph depicts Norman Reedus, who hosts a show called “Riding with Norman Reedus.”
“But he might be more famous for his current role on “The Walking Dead,” noted Tammie Caley, Sunflower chief financial officer and poker run organizer.
The other photos feature Ron Perlman, Tommy Flanagan and Ryan Hurst. They have all appeared on the show “Sons of Anarchy.”
Other raffle prizes include Harley Davidson products, gift certificates, coupons, Justin Case Travel safety kit, outdoor thermostat and a female motorcycle gnome statue.
“These are just some of the items we have collected so far,” Caley said. “We hope to collect even more up until the time of the poker run. Some sponsors have generously donated cash to help cover the costs of prizes.
“Our non-profit agency must depend on private donations to fill the gaps in funding,” Caley noted. “While tax revenues cover many items, they don’t come close to filling all the needs, including some health-care costs and adaptive equipment.”
The fee for riders and drivers is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. The passengers’ fee is $20; $10 will be charged for an extra poker hand.
The stops along the route are Tracy’s Pub & Grill in La Crosse; Tap Room in Hoisington; and the Odin Store in Odin. Participants will gather no later than 3:30 p.m. at Jack Kilby Square in Great Bend where food vendors will be available.
Each participant will have a five-card poker hand at the end of the journey.
The best poker hand will win $250; second best, $100; and the worst hand will get $50.
In addition, Jaron Bell will perform; Bell is from Salina and will appear on “The Voice.”
“We are hoping for a good turnout for what promises to be a fun day,” Caley said. “Most important, however, is participants will enjoy the personal fulfillment of helping their neighbors with developmental disabilities.”