Motorcycles and cars will take the scenic route for a good cause next month when the Ardmore Lions Club will hold their fourth annual Ride for Sight poker run on Saturday, June 9.
Money raised at the poker run will go toward the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank to pay for eyeglasses for people in need and the Meadows of Hope youth program through the Department of Health Services. Former Lions Club President Tina Graham said eye care and vision have always been a priority for the club as a whole.
“This is one of our main goals,” Graham said.
Ardmore’s club is one of the original branches founded in 1917. Lions Club International has always considered vision a primary cause in some way or another. Recently, they took up combating diabetes as another main cause, but they fundraise for a variety of causes.
“They actually donate a lot of money back to Oklahoma for tornado relief,” Graham said.
She said the run became a consistent way for the Ardmore club to fundraise.
“We’re always looking for ways to reach out to the community,” Graham said. “We’ve had conventions and other plans, but this was something we knew we could do locally.”
The 130-mile ride is comprised of five stops, beginning at Longhorn Scooters in Ardmore at 9 a.m. and finishing at Ardmore Regional Park at 3 p.m. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available as well.
“Anyone can participate, they just need to register and hit all the stops,” Graham said. “We’d love to have anybody.”
At each stop, riders will be given a different bead. At the end of the ride, they’ll exchange their five beads for cards. The best poker hand will win a $500 cash prize.
“It gives them a lot of time to enjoy a scenic ride, have lunch, goof off and still get back in time,” Graham said.
Registration is $20 per person and $5 per additional hand. To get a shirt with registration, register by May 25. On-site registration will continue until 10 a.m. at Longhorn Scooters.