Ride to Give

In Laurens Electric’s 2018 Annual Poker Run

On Saturday, July 21, Laurens Electric Cooperative will host its 2018 Annual Poker Run.

Where: The ride will feature dual starts at Laurens Electric’s main office on Highway 14 in Laurens and at Harley Davidson of Greenville, and will include several locations across the Upstate where participants can rest and draw cards.

Registration: $25 per rider per hand, which includes an event tee shirt, and $10 per passenger per hand.

Prizes: $2,000 for the best poker hand and $250 for the worst. Winners will be announced at the final stop of the ride at Harley Davidson of Greenville.

Time: Registration opens at 8 a.m. First bike out follows at 9 a.m. and last bike out is at 10 a.m. The rise will end at Harley Davidson of Greenville. Last bike in at 2:30 p.m.

Fundraising: All proceeds benefit the following charities:

  • The Cooperative Caring Fund benefits the Baptist Crisis Center and the Golden Strip Emergency Relief Agency, which use the monies to assist co-op members who face challenges paying their utility bill.
  • The employee Pay It Forward program, begun in 2015, was born out of a desire to continue the good work of the 75 Acts of Kindness community initiative. Every Laurens Electric Cooperative employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name is drawn, and the employee then has one month to apply the funds toward their own act of kindness.
  • The Community Impact Initiative, new in 2018, provides grants to local Chambers of Commerce intended for public charitable purposes that enrich the quality of life of citizens in the communities the cooperative serves. One example so far is a $500 grant to the Fountain Inn Fire Department to supply emergency kits to local elementary schools.

Last year’s Poker Run included more than 500 participants and raised $12,000. Every motorcycle that drives out of our starting locations represents $25 dollars going to help those in need.  Co-op employees volunteer to help manage the event, the riders have a great time, and together we are able to offer real and significant help in the communities we serve.

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