Rolling Thunder holds annual poker run – The Independent Florida Alligator

At 11:00 a.m. on June 23, 70 motorcycles roared their engines as they exited the parking lot of the Gainesville Harley-Davidson.

The brigade of motorcyclists spent the next five hours riding across 97 miles of North Central Florida in the 83 degree summer weather, stopping at five locations across their journey to collect poker cards, enjoy ice-cold drinks and chat with friends in Rolling Thunder’s annual Poker Run fundraiser.

The event consists of motorcyclists riding to the five locations: Howlin Wolf, Amvets Post 86, Inferno Saloon, Red Dog Saloon and Alachua Sports Pub and Grill, said Alachua County veteran service director Kim Davis. The donations collected will go toward future Rolling Thunder events, scholarships, prisoners of war and missing in action remembrance and veterans in need.

“The main thing is to raise money for Rolling Thunder,” said Rolling Thunder member Michael Wright. “It keeps up the vigilance for helping prisoners of war (and those) missing in action. Rolling Thunder is all about leaving nobody behind.”

Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization consisting of veterans, family members of veterans and military supporters. The organization itself was created to bring awareness to the U.S. POW and those MIA, said Herb Hilderbrand, current president of Rolling Thunder Chapter Three and a Navy veteran.

The day started at 9:00 a.m. for check-in at the Gainesville Harley-Davidson. Entry was $15 for each rider, and $10 for each passenger and additional hands.

At each spot, a person draws a single card from the designated deck. After visiting all five locations, the participants will make their way to the American Legion Post 16 in Gainesville. Each attendee will end up with five different cards — or a poker hand. Whoever has the best hand wins $100, while the worst hand wins $50.

Upon arrival

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