The Poker Run & Pig Roast for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of Jenn Wing
May 2004 was the first year this event took place. It started, as most things do, with a simple idea to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of Jenn Wing who succumbed to the disease. Jenns dad, Ron Geary, is our customer service manager.
According to Mr. Geary, for a first-time ever event, it was quite successful, raising over $12,000. We didnt advertise at all. We just placed flyers in as many places as we could. My boss, Joe Delgado, gave us the use of the facilities and with the help of friends, family and businesses like Dartmouth Building Supply and Honey Dew Donuts; it took off beyond my wildest dreams!
The Second Annual DBS Poker Run & Pig Roast was an even bigger success raising over twice ($37,000) as much for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It seems Poker Runs, once relegated to motorcycle clubs, have become one of Americas fastest growing fundraiser events.
The Third Annual DBS Poker Run & Pig Roast was beyond our expectations again raising twice ($70,000) as much for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We added the entertainment of the country rock band Alive & Pickin and TV Chef, ” Biker Billy , as well as a pre-event at Fall River Ford on the Saturday before. The result were becoming one of the areas best and fastest growing fundraiser events!
For the Fourth Annual DBS Poker Run & Pig Roast (May 6, 2007) we experienced one of the better turnouts we’ve had, which featured the major support of Sovereign Bank, WHJY, iLevel Truss Joist, Honey Dew Donuts, Thrill City Cycle and Fall River Ford. The sponsorship supported our first-ever celebrity appearance (N. E. Pats’ offensive tackle Matt Light) and the world famous California Hell Riders and their Wall of Death motordrome show plus, the world-famous Providence Dancing Cop, who directed the returning bike traffic.
For the Fifth Annual DBS Poker Run & Pig Roast (May 8, 2008) we experienced our worst weather ever. Although it had rained on our Run day four out of the five years 2008 was a complete washout. With the continued support of our riders, vendors and community we were still able to give Cystic Fibrosis a contribution of $25,000.
Hopefully, the best is yet to come on Sunday June 28, 2009 see you there!