I met "Team Rose" at the Volusia Home Builders Association Saturday Morning bright and early to get set up for a Poker Run.
By "Team Rose" I mean pretty much anyone from RE/MAX Property Centre that wasn't out showing property on Saturday and AC Coluccio from Professional Title's Port Orange Office.
Sue Morrison was in charge of getting things ready and she had bagels, donuts & coffee awaiting our bikers. The bagels needed to be cut, tickets to be tended too and we had young volunteers visiting who were ready to handle the job!
Big Lots had donated cases of Campbell's Chicken Noodle and Tomato Soups with special Breast Cancer packaging and Sue used those for the center pieces on the tables...
About 10AM our riders began to pull in ready to go..
Once at the Home Builders Association the riders were greeted by Christy Cagle from Bank of America & Ann Dalton, RE/MAX Associate who signed them up and directed them to the coffee, bagels, donuts, the prize table and raffle tickets along with 50/50 tickets ..
About 11AM some friends of mine showed up, the Palm Coast Red Knights. This is the third run in the last 6 months I've worked with them on and am proud to be able to call them friends. They are a group of active or retired firefighters that love to ride.
From the Home Builders Association the riders headed north to Hooligans, then to Hijackers in Flagler County, then south to Hanky Panky's in Ormond By The Sea and from there to the stop I was working, the Main Street Station, formally owned by Bill France the founder of NASCAR. After they left me they went to the Wing House, then back to the HBA.
The Chrome Angels, who rode out from Orlando also met me at Main Street Station. I had already met Becky, but had yet to meet Jessi, AKA Sundancer, their President. We had exchanged a couple emails last year when I did a post for their Pink Ribbons For Life ride.
My biggest thrill of the day was introducing Jessi to Joe Vece, the President of the Palm Coast Red Knights. I think you'll be reading about them riding together in the months to come
Neither Jessi or Joe have ever met Rose, yet here they were riding in a poker run for her. That's what it is all about, isn't it?
Once back at the Home Builders Association a free BBQ put on by Tom O'Quinn from Allstate Insurance, O'Quinn Agency and the raffles...
Radio Bob was there to spin music and call the raffle numbers. If you look real hard, you can see him in the corner of the top photo.
Three Chrome Angels that rode out from Orlando. What a great group of ladies!
Rock Hartley standing with Sundancer who is the President of the Chrome Angels.
We had a total of 91 folks sign up for the event and it raised $2,500 for Rose!
The poker run was actually the 4th event that Rose's friends put on to help raise money for her.
The grand total from all 4 events is just shy of $10,000 to help Rose.
I know Rose will be forever grateful to all the strangers that have come together to help her when she needed it most.
I felt proud to meet all the wonderful people on Saturday that worked so hard to put this together. I also felt proud to be a part of this event too. (Yes, I bought my 50/50 tickets and raffle tickets, even won a couple shirts!)
There is no better feeling in the world then doing just a little something extra for someone else.
Hopefully one day we won't have to do these poker runs and benefits anymore...
Until that day you can bet there will be a few from the Biker Community & Real Estate Community pitching in to help.