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Baltimore motorcyclists plan ‘Poker Run’ betting on a royal flush for Baltimore’s homeless veterans

Fundraising ride organized by members of the nation’s oldest collegiate Black Greek lettered fraternity

Baltimore— Members of the O-Six Ryderz Motorcycle Club, Baltimore Chapter, who are also members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., are hosting a “Poker Run” fundraising ride on Saturday, April 2, 2022 benefitting The Baltimore Station, a local organization supporting homeless veterans. 

The ride registration fee starts at $20 and is open to all motorcycle clubs and independent riders. Check-in and registration begin at 1 p.m. at The Baltimore Station’s South Baltimore location at 140 W. West Street. ‘Kickstands up’ at 2 p.m. when the ride begins!

The O-Six Ryderz Poker Run will travel through the streets of Baltimore, stopping at four locations—The Baltimore Station’s West Baltimore facility on Baker Street, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. National Headquarters on St. Paul Street, Morgan State University, and The Baltimore Station’s South Baltimore facility on W. West Street—where each motorcyclist will draw a playing card that they will mark on a “bingo like” sheet to track their hand(s). At the end of the ride, the player with the best hand wins. All proceeds from the ride will benefit The Baltimore Station, an innovative therapeutic residential and community-based treatment program supporting veterans overcoming obstacles such as homelessness and substance use disorder to regain self-sufficiency. 

Last year, The Baltimore Station helped hundreds of veterans get back on their feet after falling on hard times. To register to ride or to make a donation to The Baltimore Station, visit https://ryderz.givesmart.com.

“While our club is made of men in the same fraternity, some of our members are also veterans and active military, so the work of The Baltimore Station means a lot to us personally,” said Craig “LO6IC” Clinkscale, the President of the Baltimore Chapter of the O-Six Ryderz MC. “This ride will help raise money to ensure a more stable future for our brothers who need hope and a reminder they are not alone and can transcend anything—even homelessness and addiction.”

“We are so grateful for the support of the O-Six Ryderz and the motorcyclists from across the region who are participating in the Poker Run,” said Kim Callari, deputy director of The Baltimore Station. “This ride is a great example of how groups can come together to create something unique and fun for their members while making a difference in the lives of the homeless veterans we serve. We can’t wait to watch the motorcyclists roll through town!”

The O-Six Ryderz Poker Run will end at The Baltimore Station’s South Baltimore location at 4 p.m. Prizes will be given to a few lucky riders at 5 p.m. While registering ahead of time is preferred, onsite registration will be available starting at 1 p.m. The event is open to all motorcycle riders and full details can be found at https://ryderz.givesmart.com. 

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