LAURINBURG — Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families, Smart Start, will hold a motorcycle ride Saturday to benefit children.
The first annual Change for Children Poker Run will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will be used to support the group’s efforts assist young children and their families.
“We’re doing this to support programs that can help children, programs like our teen parenting class, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Reading is Fundamental and technical assistance for child care centers where we go in and help them keep or obtain a higher star rating,” said Jodi Anderson, a parent-educator.
The proceeds will go toward the overall fund raising goal of $10,000 for the year.
Tickets for the run are $20 per rider including a meal ticket. Each additional rider is $5 and each additional meal ticket is $10. Registration begins at Carlie C’s IGA at 10 a.m. and the event goes kickstands up at 11.
“The 100 mile ride stays within the Scotland County with the exception of about 10 Miles in Hamlet. Sheriff (Ralph)Kersey will escort us himself. And the Laurinburg Police Department and fire departments are all helping,” Anderson said. “It’s a good way to enjoy the beauty of Scotland’s winding country roads and the community’s hospitality.”
The ride was organized by Anderson who has been a motorcycle rider for 15 years and thought it would be a good fundraiser for Partnership for Children and Families.
The organization is holding a poker run to change up its fundraisers and keep people interested. If the ride works out, the group may use it again in the future, according to Director Benny Cox. Previous fundraisers have included a charming child contest and change for the children piggy banks.
The poker run consists of stops throughout the county where riders will pick up playing cards to create a poker hand. The band Last Time Around will be performing at the Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church stop.
The ride ends at General McArthur’s restaurant where riders will enjoy a buffet lunch and the poker hands will be rewarded.
“The winning hand will get a huge gift certificate from Burnout Alley including an oil change, and the loosing hand will get a bucket of car wash materials,” Anderson said.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
For information, call Jodi Anderson 910-276-3333. Partnership for Children and Families is at 105 McRae Street.
Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169