Emily’s Hope Poker Run hopes to raise funds, awareness for substance recovery

The 100-mile ride Saturday around the Sioux Falls area is open to motorcycle riders and all street-legal vehicle enthusiasts, making stops in Humboldt, Freeman, Davis and Lennox. The ride will commence from J&L Harley-Davidson in Sioux Falls and reconvene at the Blue Rock Bar and Grill by 5 p.m., to draw their poker hands.

Last year, the poker run event raised nearly $30,000 that went directly to assist people to get into treatment. During the five years of the event’s existence, Kennecke said it has gained some traction, garnering anywhere from 300 to 400 bikers, depending on the weather.

“We’ve had really good turnouts, (a) really positive response,” Kennecke said. “The motorcycle community has been really supportive to our cause and there’s also a lot of riders who are in recovery that take part which is cool to see.”

Original story by Trent Abrego, Argus Leader