Poker Run Benefits Veterans Guest House

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Updated: 6/21/2014 6:24 pm
FERNLEY, Nev. (KRNV & - It isn't your ordinary bike run. One of our area’s most popular bike runs transforms Northern Nevada into a giant poker table.

Hundreds of motorcyclists hit the road today, enjoying the sunshine all the while raising money for veterans. Many of them are veterans themselves, like U.S. Army veteran Jaylene Moore.

This run is near and dear to her heart, she says, because it supports the Veterans Guest House.

“We’re a unique facility in the country in the country actually for our veterans,” says Noreen Leary of the Veterans Guest House. “We provide temporary housing for our veterans and their families, when they're receiving medical care her in the Reno-Sparks area."

The 4th annual Veteran’s Guest House Poker Run, hosted by the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Coalition, combines a traditional ride with a friendly round of poker.

"There's (sic) about seven different stops from here all over Northern Nevada," says Jam Hodges of the NNVA. Stops included Reno, Carson City, Fallon, Silver Springs, Mark Twain, and Fernley.

At each stop they draw a card for their hand, and the final card is drawn at the Silverado Casino in Fernley. Moore didn't do so well with her pair of sixes.

She says she never wins, but it's not a big deal because it's all about the cause. Last year, the poker run raise about $10,000 and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Veteran’s Guest House.

“It’s for the good of the veterans and the veterans families,” says Leary. “They gave their all for us. We need to give all that we can back to them. "

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