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Hospice Ride for Angels poker walk to raise money
for the Mike Conley Cornerstone Hospice on June 5
By Terri Wells
Friends of Cornerstone Hospice, and those interested in having fun in a good cause, might want to head over to Stormy Hill Harley Davidson in Clermont on Sunday, June 5, at 10am. That's the time and place for the Thirteenth Annual Hospice Ride for Angels Poker Walk, with all proceeds going to benefit the Mike Conley Cornerstone Hospice in Clermont.

"To date, we've given them $253,000. Pretty good for a bunch of bikers, huh?" grinned Dennis Halloran, founder and organizer of the event.

The event will feature music by DJ Joe, who spins a little bit of everything, according to Halloran. Lunch, he mentioned, will be provided by Spiros from 11am to 12:30pm, and will include an entree and beverage for about $8.

"I started the Hospice Ride for Angels in 2004. Each year we hold it on the first Sunday in June, and we always donate to the hospice," Halloran shared.

This year, though, will be slightly different. Normally, Halloran noted, it involves a motorcycle ride. This year, it will be a poker walk.

"When you register, you'll pay $10 and get a piece of paper that has all the cards in a deck listed on it. You'll go to stations at the dealership and get a card at each station. The best poker hand wins money, and the worst poker hand wins money," Halloran explained.

Participants may choose to play additional hands for $5 each.

There will also be a silent auction and a live auction at the event. Auction items include trips, themed baskets, and more. Halloran mentioned a custom made ladies vest and a custom-painted helmet as among the items that would be auctioned off this year.

"We have a lady who makes these wonderful gift baskets," he added. "Usually, anything up to a value of $50 to $75 goes to the silent auction, and anything higher than that goes to the live auction."

Halloran stated that he expected the event to wrap up by 3pm. He emphasized that this was not a motorcycle-only event.

"It's for friends of Hospice, and it's open to the whole community," he declared.

Stormy Hill Harley Davidson is located at 2480 South Highway 27 in Clermont. For more information about the event, contact Halloran at 352-227-8007 or Linda Crouse at 352-267-5620.

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A previous year's Hospice Ride for Angels with a check for the amount of money raised that year. Going into its thirteenth year, the annual event is open to the community and will be held on Sunday, June 5. (Photo by Mike Corradino)


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