When Virginia Spohn was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2016, her world turned upside down.
But friends and family soon stepped in and helped Spohn alleviate costs of medical bills by starting the Virginia’s Benefit Ride in 2017.
“When my cancer was done, I decided I would still like to carry on the tradition and give back to other people who are battling cancer who could use a little extra financial help,” Spohn said.
As the poker ride is in its second year, Spohn said she is hoping for an even bigger turn-out this year and is helping three cancer patients around Kansas.
“Last year we had 75 bikes and I’m hoping for around 100 or more this year,” she added.
The race will begin at 10:30 a.m. on April 28 at The Field House Sports Bar and Grill, 2220 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson. Registration costs $25, and comes with a T-shirt. Attendees have until noon to register.
“Everyone tries to get the best poker hand throughout the race and at each stop they will get a card. The first stop is the Field House and then the next stop is at Moxie's in Newton, then the third stop is Oliver’s Beef & Brew in Hutchinson. From there, they will go to the Oliver’s in Little River. The fifth and final stop is at Sandstone Saloon in Brookville. If anyone would like to participate, but cannot do the poker run or meet at the final stop, they are welcome to come to the Fieldhouse from 10:30 a.m. to noon and purchase raffle tickets, shirts and koozies,” she said.
Spohn also said that cars and other vehicles besides motorcycles are welcome to participate in the event.
“Last year we had several (participants) who were in vehicles like cars, pick up trucks, vans, buses — anything you want to drive in you’re more than welcome to as long as its on the route,” she said.
Participants who are playing a poker hand need to be at Sandstone Saloon by 5 p.m.
“We pay out to the best three hands. We are also having a split-the-pot raffle,” she said.
After the winers are chosen, a raffle will be held for a Savage A-17 Rimfire Rifle and a Daniel Boone Green Mountain Pellet Grill. Tickets for these items are $20.
“We give 104 chances to win the gun and the grill. Since there are 52 cards in a deck, not counting jokers, we tie that into the raffle. The tickets are numbered like playing cards — a King of Hearts or Queen of Hearts like they are in a deck of cards,” Spohn said.
An autographed basketball from Kansas University’s final four team, a Duck’s Unlimited Yeti Cooler, jackets and coats and an American flag made out of fire hoses will be offered at the silent auction.
Word of the event is quickly spreading, as participants from Oklahoma and across the state are returning for this year’s event.
“I’m surprised at how far people came to ride in it. Last year we had a gentleman from Oklahoma and he’s coming again this year. We have people clear across the state come from Great Bend, Wichita and a few as far as Lawrence. I’m just trying to make it bigger each year so we can give back to the people who could use it,” she said.
For more information call 620-282-8619.
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