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Bikers preparing for Katrina

August 26, 2005

Thomasville-- Saturday, Vanderhoff Speed and Chrome's Don Flowers won't be riding his motorcycle for fun. He'll be riding to prepare for a worst case scenario. "We're having a poker run with the benefits going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Program," he says.

What's a poker run with motorcycles? Consider it a game of Texas Hold 'Em on wheels. "With a map, you'll go to one location, they'll draw a card there for you. You go around to different locations," says Flowers.

Up to 500 motorcycles are expected to participate. "Come out and have a good time," says Flowers. The run starts bright and early at Vanderhoff in Thomasville. "The first bike will actually roll out at eleven. Sign up starts at ten. The last bike will be at four pm," says Flowers.

With Hurricane Katrina looming over the horizon, the Red Cross is more grateful than ever for this fundraiser. "We're looking at having an influx of evacuees from South Florida coming to our community. We may also have residents who need to use a shelter," says Red Cross Wiregrass Chapter Executive Director, Melinda Friddell.

The Red Cross also uses the money to help people recover after their stay in a shelter. "With clothing, with sheltering, with food, with school supplies, whatever that family needs," says Friddell.

That's a soft spot for any biker, especially Flowers and his crew at Vanderhoff. "We're here to support the local community. Helping the Red Cross is a good way to do that," he says. You can help too Saturday, adds Flowers, even if you don't ride.

If you don't ride, you can buy a poker hand at Vanderhoff and enjoy the festivities without leaving. There will be a live band, barbecue, and prizes.


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