(Shenandoah) -- Motorcyclists from all over KMAland Saturday participate in a rolling poker game benefiting a good cause.
Numerous local establishments are involved in the First Annual Nest Poker Run. Proceeds from the event benefit Southwest Iowa Families' Nest Program. Program Coordinator Nicolette McCullough says Nest serves pregnant women in Fremont, Page and Montgomery counties.
"Nest is a program for prenatal mothers up until the baby is age 1," said McCullough. "As long as mother and baby are staying healthy, they get points. With those points, they get incentives--diapers, cribs, car seats--the necessities that babies need. There are no income guidelines to be in our program--just be either pregnant or have a child under the age of 1. I would love to see new faces."
Registration takes place from 10-to-11:30 a.m. at the Shenandoah Eagles at 709 West Thomas--the event's starting and ending point. From there, McCullough says motorcyclists and other participants will travel to participating bars in various communities, including the Emerald Isle in Imogene, Chaps in Sidney, Blue Moon in Hamburg, and Stick's in Clarinda. The run's last call is at 5 p.m., with a free will walking taco dinner available. McCullough says money raised from the run will help provide the program's incentives.
McCullough says the goal is to finish with the best poker hand.
"They will get a sheet that will be signed off on at each bar they go to," said McCullough. "Then, when they end at the Eagles, they will draw five cards, with a prize going out to the best hand. So, it's kind of like playing poker, but driving from bar to bar."
Registration fees are $15 for motorcycle riders, $5 for passengers, and $15 for cars. For more information on Southwest Iowa Families Nest Program, contact Nicolette McCullough at 712-350-0610. McCullough was a guest on KMA's "Dean and Friends" program earlier this week.