EL CENTRO — The slogan “bikers won’t forget their four legged bros” held true on Saturday morning as the local motorcyclist rights association, ABATE Local 38, held its 5th Annual Poker Run to benefit the Imperial Valley Humane Society.
“This is a Poker Run mainly to benefit the Humane Society,” explained Robert Brown, chairman of the event. “All the proceeds go to the Humane Society here.”
Bikers, cars, and trucks gathered around the Mando’s Stereo parking lot to begin the event. Sign in took place at 9 a.m. and donations consisted of $15 per couple or $10 per single rider along with a bag of dog or can of cat food. All proceeds directly benefited the Imperial Valley Humane Society.
“This is our fifth year we’ve done this,” said Brown. “It’s been pretty good, it’s about what we average usually. The weather has been good and we’ve had a pretty good turnout.”
When the 10:30 a.m. scheduled leave time came around, bikers began to rev their engines and line up to ride off to the next destination. Lunch took place at Fat Daddy’s Cycles provided by culinary chef “Chief Ray.”
Later, the poker hand & 50-50 draw would be announced at 2 p.m. with High Hand winning $200 and Low Hand at $100.
“The turnout was pretty good even though this time of the year there’s so many other things going on,” commented Brown. “We did pretty good though, so it’s nice.”