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Poker run aims to raise funds for Tallaco K-9 Unit

Published 11:01am Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tallaco K-9 Unit is inviting bikers to come take a ride and support numerous causes in the process.

The Tallaco K-9 Unit will host a Poker Run July 20 at 9 a.m.

Faye Ingram, president of the Tallaco K-9 Unit, said the event will split the proceeds three ways, supporting Children’s Hospital of Alabama and St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital in Birmingham and the K-9 Unit in the process.

“We are doing this benefit to help our dog unit, and the person who has the best hand will get 25 percent of whatever we make,” Ingram said. “Another 25 percent will go to Children’s Hospital and St. Judes in Birmingham. The remaining 50 percent will go toward helping the search-and-rescue dog unit.”

Registration will start at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Shell Station on U.S. Highway 280 in Dadeville.

Upon registration, bikers will get a poker card and will proceed to stops at Welch’s One Stop on U.S. 431, Hollis Crossroads and Discount Food Mart in New Site, and end at Burger King on U.S. Highway 280.

Bikers will receive a card at each stop, and at the end the rider with the best hand will get 25 percent of the event’s proceeds.

Registration is $25 for bikers and $10 for a passenger.

Ingram said while the event is based around motorcyclists, people can also drive a car and register for $25.

Ingram said the K-9 unit currently has one dog with four more in training, and the proceeds will go toward supporting the unit in its mission.

“It is very important because we are the only one that has a search-and-rescue dog this close. If someone gets lost we have one dog that is already certified for cadaver and people search,” Ingram said. “If someone elderly or a little kid gets lost, we can bring the dog and let her try to find them.”

To register, call Ingram at 256-825-4825 or Barry at 256-397-0291.

Registration will also take place the day of the event.