As a fundraiser, an inaugural Clinton County Homeless Shelter Poker Run and After Party is being held Saturday.
The event starts and ends at the Wilmington Eagles, 141 E. Sugartree St., in Wilmington.
For the poker run, there will be cash prizes for the best poker hands. All motorcycles, cars and trucks are welcome. A ride route and map will be provided.
The entry fee in the poker run is $10 per person and $15 for a couple. This will also include the after-party, meal and a raffle ticket. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The last vehicle in the poker run needs to be back by 5 p.m., said organizers.
Also part of the event will be a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale, live music featuring Steve Ison with Restless, and a cash bar.
The best poker hands will pay out $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
The after-party starts at 6 p.m., with the live music starting at 7:30 p.m.
If someone doesn’t go on the poker run, the entry fee to the after-party is $10 per person. The after-party includes a raffle with more than 25 items such as a Cincinnati Reds fan pack with a voucher for four tickets, a chainsaw-carved eagle created by Chuck Georges and a $250 Visa gift card.
A homeless shelter spokesperson said they’re hoping for a big turnout for the poker run and after-party.
For those individuals not familiar with a poker run, it’s an organized event where participants visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.
For this poker run, the starting and ending point will be the Eagles Fraternal Order 1224 in Wilmington, with stops at Nick’s Sports Bar and Grill in Xenia, Little River Café in Oregonia and the Friends Backyard Grill in Clarksville.
A media release stated the Clinton County Homeless Shelter provides “emergency shelter, compassionate care and support to the homeless and underprivileged while remembering each resident is a person of worth.”
In 2013, the shelter was a temporary home for 210 people including 50 children, with 37,640 meals and snacks served.
The shelter also offers a 24-hour food pantry for those in need.
For more information, visit the Clinton County Homeless Shelter’s page on Facebook or visit www.clintoncountyhomelessshelter.com.