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2nd Annual Tougher Than Hell Poker Run - Blue Springs, Missouri

Written by  June 1, 2012

Nearly 150 bikes participated in this year's Tougher Than Hell Poker Run fundraiser for the Recovery Lighthouse women's shelter. Single women and their children are the fastest growing group among this country’s homeless population. Many are victims of abuse, and many have dependencies on drugs and/or alcohol. The objective of the Recovery Lighthouse is to assist distressed women in their recovery process. Services provided include assessment, development of a recovery plan, connections with helpful resources, mentoring, peer support, counseling, and family counseling. Locations are in Warrensburg (660-429-2222), Odessa (816-230-7720), and Sedalia (660-827-4357). Funds raised by the 2nd Annual Tougher Than Hell Poker Run for the Recovery Lighthouse amounted to more than $5,000.

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The ride began at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson on April 28 with registration from 9 a.m. until noon. The ride fee was $20 for those who took advantage of the opportunity to pre-register and $25 otherwise. Participants received a poker run card and a raffle ticket for a 2012 Harley-Davidson SuperLow. Extra poker hands and raffle tickets cost $5 each. Prizes for poker hands were $500 for best and $250 for worst. Free lunch was available at the dealership at the beginning of the event. The ride covered 125 miles of scenic countryside to the north and east of the Kansas City metro area. Stops were at the Pilot Truck Stop in Kearney, the Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, WalMart in Richmond, and finally the Heart of God Fellowship north of Buckner. Several vendors had booths in the Heart of God parking lot, and there was live music. Rain was threatening at the conclusion of the ride, and a number of riders, including this writer, decided to head home before the closing ceremonies in order to stay dry. In addition to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson and the Heart of God Fellowship , sponsors included Lynxspring, Inc.; Motovox; Sonic Drive-Ins; Applebee’s; Happy Days Drive In; Tonahill’s Last Chance Bar & Grill; Pilot Travel Centers; Raytown International Raceway; Edge of Town Auto; Pro Lube of America; Price Chopper; and the Wabash BBQ.

It was a good ride for a good cause. We’ll be looking forward to the 3rd Annual Tougher Than Hell Poker Run next year.

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Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at