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Poker run serves as fundraiser for Disabled American Veterans





RUSSELL -- Get ready to make a run for it-- a Poker Run, that is.

The June 23 event is hosted by the Swingin' Door Saloon and Fierce Pride to benefit Disabled American Veterans in Kansas.

Kenny Hollinger owns the Saloon, and Fierce Pride is owned by Robert Rhodes, said Angie Schaard, Rhodes' mother and one of the organizers.

Rhodes is a retired Marine who receives DAV services. His business makes dog tag bracelets and sells other patriotic gear.

Fifty percent of the money collected will go to the DAV, Schaard said.

Poker run participants can pre-register in person at Fierce Pride or by mailing their entry fee to 826 Maple, Russell, KS 67665. Entries must be received or postmarked by Saturday.

Pre-registration fee is $25 per hand or three hands for $60.

"It's just escalated. Everybody wants to be involved," Schaard said.

Registration will be open from 10 to 11:59 a.m. June 23 for those who haven't pre-registered. Cost is $30 per hand.

The poker run begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m.

There will be a barbecue dinner and street dance in the 800 block of north Main Street in front of the Saloon. The dinner will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be a charge for the dinner and dance for those who don't enter the poker run.

Poker run participants must be 18 and older, and 21 and older to attend the dance.

Schaard said the organizers plan to host the event annually.