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‘Ride for the Red Poker Run’ set for June 9

Preparing for the ‘Heroes Ride” are, from left, Stuart Kramer in his 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton, Sandra and Shannon Matthews of Creative Designs of Virginia, and Bob Harris in his Custom Honda Goldwing Trike.

Creative Designs of Virginia is sponsoring and working hard to make this year’s “Heroes Ride for the Red Poker Run” for the benefit of the River Counties and Northumberland chapters of the American Red Cross even better than last year.

“If you own a motorcycle or antique car, come and be a hero for the day and help us raise the necessary funds to support our local chapters who diligently with dedicated volunteers serve six counties,” said an event spokesperson. 

Registration starts at the Kilmarnock Farmers’ Market on North Main Street at 9 a.m. on Saturday June 9, with a group departure at 11 a.m. The ride is approximately 75 miles through Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties in the scenic Northern Neck of Virginia.

The first stop will be at Waterman’s Restaurant, continuing on to take two different routes. The antique cars will continue to Quinton Oaks Golf Course, then onto Walgreen’s. The motorcycles will continue to Northern Neck Chevrolet, then onto Walgreen’s. The ride ends at Lamberth’s Building Supplies in White Stone where prizes will be awarded. Food and beverages will also be available from Rocket Billy’s while listening to music by 33 East.

A Poker Run is designed to run on a course with stops along the way.  At the beginning of the ride and at the stops, each person entered in the Poker Run gets to draw a playing card. The intent is to have the best poker hand by the end of the ride.

The cost for the driver is $15 and $10 for each rider by pre-registering, and $20 for the driver and $10 for an additional rider on the day of the event. The fee includes a commemorative pub glass for the first 140 registered, gift drawings from local businesses, and a 50/50 raffle.

“We are proud to help sponsor this event, commented Sandra and Shannon Matthews of Creative Designs of Virginia, “The money raised goes to our friends and neighbors when an emergency arises.”

The American Red Cross is there in time of need, reaching out where there is suffering, locally, across the country and around the world. Area residents remember that their own communities were touched by the American Red Cross, with the Deltaville/Gloucester Tornado, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, or house fires. Many residents were in need of blood, took a class or personally needing CPR/First Aid, children were taught to swim, and on average 25 communications were received by the military on behalf of their loved ones in times of emergencies. 

Support the Red Cross’ efforts by participating in this event or sending a donation to River Counties Chapter, P.O. Box 1151, Kilmarnock, VA 22482; or Northumberland Chapter, P.O. Box 103, Heathsville, VA 22473—marking “Heroes Ride for Red” on the memo line.

Pre-registration is available at For more information, contact Sandra Matthews at 435-2382 or 804-761-0826.

posted 05.30.2012

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