Poker Run to benefit nonprofits

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With several local nonprofits struggling for funding, one Craig businessman is doing all he can to help.

"I feel somebody's got to do it," said Delbert Knez, owner of The OP Bar & Grill. "I enjoy doing it."

Knez will host the ninth annual OP Bar & Grill Poker Run, with a large portion of the proceeds going to three local nonprofits -- Moffat County Partners, RAD and the Boys and Girls Club of Craig.

To help raise funds for Moffat County Partners and RAD, Knez purchased a $20,000 2005 Harley David-son Deluxe Softtail motorcycle that will be raffled off Saturday at 6 p.m. at the OP.

Knez said they are selling 310 Raffle tickets, and the proceeds will be split between Partners and RAD.

Raffle tickets are $100, and the winner of the motorcycle must be present to win.

"There is going to be one happy person that leaves here Saturday," he said.

Tara Jenrich, the executive director of Partners, said the proceeds from the raffle will be a tremendous help.

"It will fill a void from some of the state funding we lost," she said. "(The OP) has shown tremendous support for our program for five years, and we appreciate that."

Dianne Gould-Borgard, the executive director of RAD, was equally appreciative.

"I can't say enough good things about Delbert," she said. "The OP is helping three different youth organizations. For Delbert to do this is just extraordinary."

Knez said people can buy raffle tickets until all 310 tickets have been sold.

The Poker Run will start in Craig at 11 a.m. Saturday and go through Meeker, Price Creek, Maybell and then return back to Craig.

Participants will pick a card up at designated spots along the way, and the top two hands at the end of the event will be rewarded with a cash prize. There also will be a cash prize for the person with the worst hand. The entry free is $8 a hand, and participants can buy as many as three cards at the end of the race for $1 a piece.

The Boys and Girls Club and winners of the Poker Run will split the money.

Knez said he usually has about 300 participants for the Poker run, which raises between $800 and $1,000 for a nonprofit.

"I expect about the same amount of participants and money this year," he said.

Jenrich, Gould-Borgard and Knez all encouraged the public to come out and help three needy organizations.

"If the community comes out," Gould-Borgard said, "they can easily support three youth organizations at one fund-raiser."

For more information about the Poker Run or to buy a raffle ticket, stop by the OP Bar & Grill or call 824-8918.

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