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Ride to raise funds for fallen officer's family

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  A poker ride will be held later this month to raised fund for a Dougherty County Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Friends of Lt. Cliff Rouse have organized a motorcycle ride to benefit his wife Christine and his two children. Rouse was shot and killed after approaching 20-year old Dontavius Thomas after a convenience store robbery. The ride is open to everyone, not just motorcycles. So far the facebook campaign has had tremendous response, they're expecting as many as a thousand riders to participate.

"He was always the type that he was always ready to lead the motorcycles. Every time I did a poker run or a poker parade or any kind of bike ride, Cliff was always my lead escort in the patrol car, he got us there safe and this is just our way of saying Cliff we appreciate, this time we're going to lead you," said Wes Shubert, Event Organizer.

In conjunction with the ride, the Lily Pad is also holding a fundraiser to send the Rouse family to Disney World the week before Christmas. Donations can be made to the Lily Pad who's handling the collection, but check must be marked the Lt. Cliff Rouse Fund in the memo section. They hope it will ease the difficult time the anniversary could cause. For more information you can check their facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/search.php?q=Lt.+Cliff+Rouse&init=quick&tas=0.8637985147850299#!/profile.php?id=100002041058255

Here's some more information:  Registration for the Poker& Dice Run starts @ 11:00a.m. March 26th, 2011 @ Veterans Park Amptheater-Downtown Albany, GA.  Police escorted parade leaves @ 1:30 PM, ending @ the Fraternal Order Of Police ( FOP) Lodge on Dunbar Lane. All bikes and clubs are welcome. $10.00 first hand, $5.00 additional hand. Best hand wins $125.00, 2nd best hand $75.00, worst hand $50.00, best dice roll $125.00, 2nd Roll $75.00, worst roll $50.00 - 50/50 - Door Prizes - Raffles - Food - and The Bo Henry Band.  Buy your raffle tickets now for a New Mossberg Maverick 88 -12 gauge, comes with pistol grip and shoulder stock. Donated By: Oakridge Pawn. $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 Ask any of our sponsors for tickets. If you would like to make a monetary donation you may do so @ Heritage Bank-Cliff Rouse Memorial Fund. All monies raised will be donated to the Rouse Family.


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