POMEROY — The annual Poker run for Ann Morris raised $3,000 this year for the Meigs County Cancer Initiative (MCCI).
After losing his mother and battling cancer himself, Lee Morris began the poker run five years ago giving his proceeds to the MCCI. The MCCI is a local organization that increases awareness and promotes prevention of cancer. The members of the organization aid those in need as to where to find screenings, help them understand the complexities of the health care system, and where to they can seek community resources and support. Gas and food cards are provided to those in treatment and vouchers can be purchased in Meigs County. The MCCI aided Morris during his time of treatment and he wanted to give back to this organization after regaining his health. Since he began this event the total amount of proceeds is $12,003 and the amount of gas vouchers for the MCCI have doubled.
The Ann Morris Poker run was held on Sept. 10 this year. The event had a rummage sale in which guests of the event gave what they wished in donation to purchase an item and a Chinese auction with various goods donated from local businesses. Morris’ sister, Cammy Conlin along with some members of the Christian Motorcycle Association provided a spaghetti dinner to guests for five dollars a plate.
The run had a total of 27 riders. The winners were as follows: Best Hand – Amber Tripp; Worst Hand – Charity King; Youngest Rider – Michael DeQuasie; Oldest Rider – Ralph Ross; Farthest Rider – Chris Wellington; and Largest Club – Heaven Saints of Mason County. Prize money went to the farthest rider for $20, the best hand for $10, and the worst hand for $5.
The village of Rutland let Morris utilize the Civic Center to host the event. Sponsors of the event gave $150 worth of cash, goods, or services. Morris expressed appreciation for many businesses and organizations from Rutland, Racine, Pomeroy, Middleport, Tuppers Plains, Baxter, and Point Pleasant who supported the event. He is thankful for the help he received from his wife, Mindy Morris; brother, Roland Morris; sister-in-law, Lisa Allen; and sister, Cammy Conlin to bring the event together.
Morris is determined to match or exceed the proceeds of $3000 he received this year. Next year’s run is tentatively set for Sept. 9, 2018.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.