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Poker Ride benefits wheelchair bowling association
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
June 20, 2012 10:34 AM | 1076 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pirate Printing in Hiram is sponsoring the fourth annual Poker Ride July 15 at 1 p.m. to benefit the American Wheelchair Bowling Association.

Bikers will sign in at 1 p.m. and ride out at 2:30.

The ride will begin at Pirate Printing at 41 Millhouse Drive, have four stops and end at The Cove Bar and Grill at 4009 Johns Road in Dallas.

The cost of the ride is $20 and $15 per passenger.

Money raised from the ride will go toward sponsoring regional American Wheelchair Bowling Association events and tournaments.

Larry Jernigan, owner of Pirate Printing, said 100 people participated in the ride last year, raising $4,500 altogether.

Jernigan will present the check from the proceeds at the regional bowling association tournament in July to about 50 regional wheelchair bowlers.

“I’m big about our community,” said Jernigan. “I like to sponsor things that help our community.”

Jernigan sponsors a benefit motorcycle ride just about every weekend, with the big ones being the AWBA ride, Relay for Life Ride and a ride to fight breast cancer.

Since the bowling association ride is a poker run, riders will stop at four different stops and pull a card at each stop.

When the bikers reach the end, they will pull one more card. The best hand will receive a prize and the worst hand will receive a funny prize, according to Jernigan. If a rider wants to swap out a card, they can buy an additional card for $10.

Jernigan said while the poker run style of bike ride is not only fun, it is also much safer for riders and motorists, since riders leave in groups instead of all at once.

There will be raffles, food and giveaways at the end of the ride, as well.

Most of the members of the wheelchair association are veterans, according to Jernigan.

Jernigan started sponsoring the ride after being contacted by Harold Bowman, who is a board member on the bowling association.

Bowman has worked to bring the national American Wheelchair Bowling Association tournament to Paulding County and has secured the event to come to the county in June 2013.

As part of the nationals, about 70 to 80 bowlers will bowl at the Paulding Bowling Center from June 17 to June 22, 2013.

Jernigan said the tournament will bring revenue to Paulding businesses.

“This is a big thing,” Jernigan said. “We hope to match what we raised last year. It goes straight to them and helps cover a lot of what they do.”
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