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Defenders Chapter 11 have second annual War Amps poker run set for Saturday

AMHERST - Members of the Defenders Chapter 11 Motorcycle Club are keeping their fingers crossed for a rain-free Saturday for their second annual poker run.

Organizers of the run, which raises money for the War Amps Champs program, are hoping for a sunny day to attract 200 riders.
For only $10 a bike, riders can make the full 148 kilometre loop.
"War Amps is sort of our pet project so we're again raising money for them," said club president Gregg LeBlanc. "Last year we raised $800 for them, but it was a rainy, cold day."
While LeBlanc and committee chair Stephen Black say the chapter doesn't have a financial goal with this year's run, they're hoping to attract between 150 to 200 motorcycles.
"If the weather is good, we'll get that number," said Black, adding the run goes rain or shine.
Registration for the poker run begins at 10 a.m. at the Old Warehouse CafÉ, and closes at noon. The run itself will start at 11.
LeBlanc says you don't have to be a club member to participate in the run, which will take riders from Amherst through to Lorneville, Oxford, Springhill, Southampton and Maccan before returning to the Old Warehouse.
Stops will include Roy Duguay Sales and Service, Craig's Grocery, Oxford Lions Den, Mycle's Cycles and Moore Automotive and Recreation Ltd.
Black and LeBlanc says it doesn't matter if there are two riders on a bike, it will still be $10 for the run, or $10 per hand of poker.
Participants can play as many hands as they like.
During registration, coffee, tea and fresh cinnamon buns will be available for a donation, and a barbecue will be going on all day at the Warehouse.
There will be 50/50 draws, as well as a glass turkey draw. Prizes will be given away for best hand, lowest hand and furthest away, and a number of door prizes are also available to be won.
For more information, call Stephen Black at 661-3947, or Gregg LeBlanc at 667-2467.
Those interested in becoming active members can check out the Defenders website at http://defenderschapter11.bravehost.com/.

Organizations: Defenders Chapter 11 Motorcycle Club

Geographic location: AMHERST, Oxford, Maccan

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