Poker Run, Other Events Help Mcneeley Foundation.


The 2007 Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit will highlight the weekend's Rim Country sports, recreation and social scene.

The festivities, which include a quad poker run, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, live band entertainment, raffles, auctions, giveaways and breakfast, will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at the Rimside Grill, located just south of Pine off the Beeline Highway.

First on the agenda is a 9:30 a.m. registration for the quad poker run, which is slated to begin one-half hour later.

McNeeley Foundation event coordinator Tamara Logsdon said the quad run would be about seven miles in length to the Twin Buttes area, "we expect the first group, the fastest riders, to return about 1 p.m.

"The slower riders will come in after that."

During the ride, there will be five stops where participants will receive a single playing card.

At the conclusion of the event, the entrants with the two best poker hands will be awarded prizes.

The volleyball tournament features as a prize, $500, donated by Hat Creek Electric. Of that, $250 will benefit the McNeeley Foundation and the remaining amount will go to the winners.

Horseshoe tournament winners will also receive prizes.

The entry fee for all three events is $10 each.

A breakfast special of pancakes or French toast, egg and sausage or bacon will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. for $2.99.

The live band, led by Rockin' Ron Gibson, will play from about 3 to 6 p.m. when the auction, raffles and giveaways will also be held.

"We have a ton of prices, raffle and auction items," Logsdon said.

They include a load of granite donated by Payson Concrete, restaurant gift certificates, a four-wheel alignment from Big O Tires, seven fishing poles, a gift certificate to Moose Mountain antiques, storage shed rental, a weekend at a luxury time share and more.

The Justice McNeeley Foundation began four years ago to buy a boy, then a 5-year-old kindergartner at Pine School, a state-of-the-art wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

The event eventually earned the money needed to purchase Justice the Go-Bot. But the foundation continued to grow and it now holds various benefits to earn money to help other needy Pine residents.

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