By: Rose and Lloyd
The Annual Toys For Tots Poker Run is a ride that we never miss. This year the ride started at Double D's Burnout Saloon, and of course David and Missi Thompson did a great job sponsoring the event.
This year was a little different, as the riders got ready to take off, David Thompson announced, “This was actually the 3rd Annual Poker Run. The Carolina Marine Riders Group and sponsors, wish this ride to continue because this annual Toys For Tots endeavor was started by one of their beloved members, Barry Glenn. This would have been his 10th year sponsoring. So, going forward, may it be known forever as "The Barry Glenn Memorial Toys for Tots Poker Run". This will keep his memory remembered and loved.” The crowd went wild with cheering, and then there was a moment of silence in Barry's memory. There was a prayer for the safety of the ride. Then the engines roared.
The first stop was at Big Al's Treehouse. The bikers were welcomed with cold drinks and snacks. Giving everyone a little time to chat and, of course, talk motorcycles.
Then it was on to the Ole Watering Hole, and again a short break to wet your whistle, and on to Double D’s.
There were raffles, an auction, a50/50, and great food. Lamar and Alan Mullis won the 50/50 and gave it all back to the charity.
Ex Marine Larry Boyles led the ride, with Sgt. James Copeland, SSgt. Dustin McCormick, and SSgt. Joseph Burt present to welcome all in attendance.
The atmosphere was wonderful with a large pit fire out back and plenty of food. There were approximately 80 bikes, with 105 registered riders. There were 22 huge boxes packed on to the truck, and approximately $2600 was raised. This did not include previous events leading up to the final ride.
Thanks to all the sponsors, the people that were all working so hard to make this day another special event for the families that will have a smile this Christmas.
I am sure Barry was proudly looking down on us with a huge smile on his face.