Motorcyclists to host 16th poker run to benefit local children

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Since 1992, the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts have raised more than $180,000 to take 1,500 local children shopping for Christmas.

In addition to the annual Christmas shopping trip, the nonprofit group has also provided $30,000 in college scholarships as well as computers for children, gift baskets for the elderly, and electricity, groceries and clothes for local families.

“We are all volunteers who enjoy bringing happiness and relief to those less fortunate. The volunteers are made up of motorcyclists, classic car enthusiasts, local churches, businesses and concerned citizens of the county,” Jerome Munna, owner of The Sign Shoppe in Supply, explained.

While the economy has many people pinching pennies, including in their charitable giving, the nonprofit group is at it again, hoping to raise enough money to take 80 local children Christmas shopping.

“Any form of donation would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to donate money, perhaps you can donate a little of your time to take a child shopping,” Munna said.

The 16th annual motorcycle and classic car poker run is slated for Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Wal Mart parking lot in Shallotte. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the poker run kicks off at 11 a.m. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will provide a police escort for the poker run.

All proceeds from the poker run benefit Brunswick County families and children. After the poker run, participants and organizers will take the children Christmas shopping.

In addition to the poker run, the group is raffling off a 2009 Harley Davidson Crossbones motorcycle. Each year, Cape Fear Harley Davidson in Fayetteville discounts a motorcycle for the group to purchase the Harley to raffle, Munna explained. This year, they also donated door prizes for the poker run, he said.

Munna said only two people in Brunswick County have the retro-style motorcycle. Tickets are $50, and only 600 tickets will be sold until Dec. 13. Raffle tickets can be purchased at The Sign Shoppe, Doran’s Transmissions in Shallotte, Fantasy Kitchens in Shallotte and Steve Harden Builders in Ocean Isle Beach.

Munna said three local groups have already donated more than $3,700—Cape Fear Cruisers in Southport, Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club in Shallotte and Bill Tripp’s Classic Car Swap Meet.

All money raised by the motorcycle enthusiasts stays in Brunswick County, Munna said.

“Please come and see your donations at work. It will be a touching memory you’ll never forget.”