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The Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit sounds like it's going to be a great time for all.

I'm especially excited about entering the Quad Poker Run that will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Poker runs, whether they are on horseback, motorcycle or a quad, can be a great deal of fun.

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Friends of Justice McNeeley are hosting a benefit to purchase a new wheelchair for him. For information or tickets, call (928) 476-6434.

For those who have never participated, a cross-country course is laid out with designated stops -- usually five. At each stop, the rider receives a playing card. At the end of the event, the winner is the rider who has drawn the best draw-poker hand.

Organizers of the benefit are promising great prizes for the winners of the poker run.

Other events include a silent auction (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), horseshoe tournament (1 p.m.), pool tournament (6 p.m.) and a barbecue dinner (3 to 7 p.m.).

All of the events will be at Sidewinders Saloon in Pine.

For the quad run, the start and finish lines will be at Sidewinders. Entry for all events and dinner tickets are $10.

Sponsors hope to earn at least $8,500 to purchase 5-year-old Justice McNeeley a specialized wheelchair known as a Go-Bot. Justice suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy.

According to Justice's mother Katie, insurance and state aid refuse to purchase the Go-Bot, claiming it's experimental.

However, the manufacturers of the wheelchair, Innovative Products, say Go-Bots may "facilitate development in the areas of language, socialization, self-esteem, visual motor and upper extremity function."

If the event earns more than what is needed for the wheelchair, the money will remain in the foundation to be used by others in need.

I've only met Justice one time, but he's a bright and vivacious youngster that will no doubt be greatly appreciative of any help he receives.

I'm sure many residents of Pine, where Justice and his family live, will turn out to help.

For more information or tickets, call (928) 476-6434.

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