SPEARFISH — On Aug. 5, more than 125 motorcycle riders from across the United States assembled at the VFW Post 5860 to kick off the Northern Hills Militiamen’s sixth annual Poker Run, and this year’s 120-mile run raised $10,000 for the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting children with special needs and their families.
The donation was presented to Kelly Weis-Schultz, foundation president, on Sept 18 at Crow Peak Brewing Co. in Spearfish. Weis-Schultz was overcome with emotion when she accepted the check, thanking the Militiamen for their continued support.
“This is truly beyond amazing,” she said, and foundation members agreed that the Militiamen are a great group of guys with big hearts.
“The club is dedicated to helping the local community, whether it’s veteran organizations or one that helps children with special needs — it’s important to give back,” Motorcycle club president and ride organizer Chad Hartley said.
The Militiamen are proud of raising $10,000 for the KJW Foundation and are passionate about supporting their vision to create a world of acceptance, love, and success for children of all abilities and their families. Club members are excited to get their hands dirty once the land for the all-inclusive Kenadi Jean Playground destination is purchased.
During the poker run, riders were welcomed into each town with a cold drink and stamp with the first stop being at the Sand Creek Trading Post in Beulah, Wyo. The other rests included the Dime Horseshoe Bar, Sundance, Wyo.; Ponderosa Bar, Hulett, Wyo.; and Stone House on Highway 34. The final celebration at the St. Onge Bar offered dinner, entertainment, poker hands being drawn with prizes awarded for high and low hand, and the drawing for the winner of the $1,000 Butcher Shop meat raffle.
The annual ride is scheduled for the first Saturday of the Sturgis Rally and is open to anyone who wants to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Black Hills and make a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
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