Poker Run Raises $2500 for Cancer Victim
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The Galax Elks Lodge organized a
Poker Run along the Blue Ridge Parkway
into neighboring North Carolina and
back through Independence, VA.
Elks have charity as one of our cornerstone virtues. Our motto is ‘Elks Care & Elks Share’. Elkdom as a whole supports many charities, needy children, veterans, etc.
Since Elks are dedicated to charity, we must fund-raise as often as possible (you can’t give what you don’t have) and the idea of doing a poker-run was first thought up as general lodge fund-raiser. When Chris was diagnosed, we decided that the poker-run idea would be an excellent benefit for Chris so we started planning it as such.
Chris Cochran is a 48-yr-old divorced father of two: his son is 21 years old and his daughter is eight. He’s as good a person as you would ever want to meet: warm-hearted, very caring and devoted to his family and friends. Unfortunately, Chris has been diagnosed with cancer – a tumor in his left lung and cancer cells in the lymph nodes around both lungs. Chris is a non-smoker but has been employed as an exterminator for many years.
Our poker run successfully raised about $2,500.00 from 36 bikes and 50 or so participants. Ray Bobbitt, the winner of the leather jacket donated by Fox Creek Leather, turned around and immediately auctioned it back off for an additional $150.00 above the $370.00 it had already raised. The best hand, won by Mitch Mundy, was donated back to Chris and we had two separate 50/50 drawings with both winners (Ray Bobbitt and Steve Little) donating their winnings back to Chris.
Elks sponsor many different events throughout the year for a wide range of causes. We have not had a poker run in the more than three years I have been a member but have done so in the past. With this being as successful as it was, we are looking at doing another run in October to benefit underprivileged children and veterans (half & half).
– Bobby Fender, Galax, VA
Donations for Chris or inquires regarding other charitable causes can be made to: Galax Elks Lodge #2212 / Attention Bobby Fender, ER / P.O. Box 1535 / Galax, VA 24333 or you can call the lodge any day after 3:00pm (Eastern Time): 276-236-2212.