A Pinal County chapter of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is revving motors for the second John Wayne Poker Run on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway on Saturday.
The event starts with registration at 9 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts, 1306 E. Florence Blvd. in Casa Grande, followed by kickstands up at 10 a.m. The event is a fundraiser for homeless vets, at-risk vets and suicide prevention, CVMA member Rhiannon Williams said.
“Most of the stops will be in Maricopa,” she said. Though the chapter is based in Casa Grande, “there’s a decent group of us in Maricopa.”
CVMA, a 501(c)19 organization, expects to rally at the New HQ at around 10:45 a.m. Then it’s onto Raceway at 11:45 a.m. The itinerary brings them to Cowtown at 12:45 p.m. and then to Eva’s, 665 N. Pinal Ave. in Casa Grande around 1:45 p.m. There, they will hand out awards and hold a 50/50 raffle.
Riders draw a poker card at each location, and the one who has the best hand at the end of the run is a winner.
Cost to participate in the poker run is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. Williams said those who are not motorcyclists are invited to participate in the raffle.
The poker run is also a way for the CVMA chapter, founded in 2017, to interact with the public and spread the word about the organization.