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Armed Forces Support Foundation holds poker run to raise money for local heroes

Posted at 7:14 PM, May 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-06 22:14:17-04

Dozens of riders took off for a poker run Sunday, all in an effort to raise money for local heroes.

The Armed Forces Support Foundation held its “Bikers for Heroes” poker run. It was 20 dollars per bike. Riders went to different locations where they received their cards. The riders with the best and worst hands got awards. Sunday’s run was all about raising money to provide services for vets, but they also had multiple agencies informing them about those services.

"They show up for an event like this, and realize, 'these guys offer scuba diving lessons to veterans at no cost.' The Kern County Veterans Office, that's where we get our services. Bakersfield College has a great veterans program. They're here. You have an opportunity to talk to these people and learn about their services and programs, and that's the big part for me,” said Ben Patten, president of Armed Forces Support Foundation. Organizers say there were also raffle prizes, auctions and more at the run.