The first annual Friends of Mine “Ride 4 Time” Poker Run, which will benefit women who cannot afford mammograms, is set for Saturday.
While undergoing treatments for breast cancer in 2012 and 2013, Newton resident Kari Tiffany became aware of a program offered by Skiff Medical Center and the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center that assists women who cannot afford mammograms. She inspired a group of close friends to support the program with a poker run for breast cancer.
Cadillac Jack’s in Baxter has donated the use of its patio for the festivities following the ride, and a barbecue with all the fixins’ (donations accepted) is planned. Several local businesses also have donated prizes and items for a raffle, and the cost of the event is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the cause, and the other 50 percent will be awarded to the winner of the Poker Run.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at Cadillac Jack’s in Baxter. The poker run begins at 12:30 p.m. and will include stops at Haverhill Social Club in Haverhill, Laurels Pour Bar in Laurel, The Road Hog in State Center, Uncle Bucks & Boyd in Rhodes and then back to Cadillac Jack’s in Baxter, where the Charley Horse Band will be rocking the house starting at 6 p.m. Winners of the poker run will be announced, and raffle gifts will be distributed throughout the evening. The event will be held rain or shine, and all are invited, even if they don’t ride, to attend the after party at Cadillac Jack’s and support the cause.
For more information, visit the Facebook “Ride 4 Time” page or call Sharon Mabie at (641) 275-0576. To donate directly to the hospitals, or to the MMSC Foundation Prevent Program, contact Penny Stewart at Skiff Medical Center at (641) 792-4043 or Valerie Ruff at the Marshalltown hospital at (641) 754-5005. T-shirts will be available the day of the ride for $15 each or by calling Renae Mabie at (515) 473-4366 or by visiting Facebook.