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Brandon Kiwanians Ready for Charity Poker Run

The April 6 "Kickstands for Kids" fundraiser at Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill aims to benefit Kiwanis youth programs in local schools and the Joshua House. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon event is not just for motorcycle riders.

 

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon is gearing up for the April 6 "Kickstands for Kids" fundraiser for Kiwanis youth programs in local schools and the Joshua House, a safe haven for absused, neglected and abandoned children in the Tampa Bay area.

The local club's inaugural poker run kicks off with registration at 10 a.m. at Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill in Brandon, at 9847 East Adamo Drive, indside the Old Town Brandon Harley Davidson on State Road 60.

"You can walk it, you can bike it, you can drive it," said event organizer Dustie Amatangelo, about the poker run. "Nobody is excluded."

Proceeds from the event — which includes vendors at Uncle Mike's, "a table full of raffle prizes," a 50-50 drawing and a scavenger hunt — will benefit Kiwanis club youth program, such as Terrific Kids, and the Joshua House.

Stops along the route are Uncle Mike's, Zephryhills Eagles, Brandon Eagles and the Beer Shed in Riverview.

Kickstands are up at 11 a.m. and the last bike in is at 4 p.m.

The event at Uncle Mike's is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the Raizin Cain band set to perform from 3 to 7 p.m.

Prizes are $150 for best hand, $100 for second-best hand and $50 for third-best hand. Worst hand earns a $25 prize. A card is drawn at each location to determine a player's hand. A "walker" can draw all five cards at one location.

For more information, visit the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon online.

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