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  • MC club’s poker run to benefit family, Shrine

  • A local motorcycle group is gearing up for a poker run, with some of the proceeds to benefit the Neosho Shrine Club.
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  • A local motorcycle group is gearing up for a poker run, with some of the proceeds to benefit the Neosho Shrine Club.
    Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, the Boozefighters Chapter Number 162 of Neosho will host Emma’s Run. First bike out will be at Hideout Harley Davidson, Joplin. Stops along the poker run are Hogs and Hot Rods on Old 66 near Galena, Kan., then at Undercliff, then at the Granby Station, east of Granby on U.S.
    Highway 60 and the last one at the Neosho Shrine Club. Each hand will be $10 and at the Shrine Club, there will be live bands, food and beverages, a bike wash, and an awards presentation at 6 p.m. The poker run will be around 60 miles and be held rain or shine.
    According to John Glore, charter holder of the Boozefighters, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Neosho Shrine Club travel fund.
    The event is named after Glore’s granddaughter, Emma Douglas.
    “She is the daughter of Erin and Caleb Douglas of Neosho. Emma has been diagnosed with what is called microcephaly (where a child has a smaller head, which creates pressure on the brain, which creates developmental delays) and a slight case of cerebral palsy,” he said. “She just turned 4, but she is in the process right now of being tested for autism.”
    Emma is a patient at a Shriner’s hospital, therefore a portion of the proceeds is gong to the Shrine Club’s travel fund.
    “The reason why we are raising money for this is because Emma is a patient of the Shriner’s Hospital (in St. Louis),” Glore said. “It is just a way to try to give back to an organization that is helping.”
    Emma is still going to the hospital. In fact, she was just up there recently, Glore said.
    “She goes up there about twice a year,” he said. “Doctors up there said just last week said they were very encouraged by her development over the last six months. She has walking issues. At first, they told her she would never walk, but she can walk. She is not verbal, she doesn’t communicate. So that is difficult in itself. She communicates well non-verbally with her parents, they seem to know what she needs and what she is asking for.”
    For more information, please contact Glore at 456-1953.
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