Friday, 12 April 2024

Lucerne Senior Center spins fun into gold

LAKE COUNTY – Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines for the first annual Poker Run benefiting Lucerne Senior Center Meals-On-Wheels recipients.


All interested adults age 21 and older are invited to participate on May 2, starting at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine.


Ticket donation is $15 presale, and $20 at the door. Clubs with 20 plus participants can donate $15 per member at the door.


Only 250 tickets will be sold. Ticket price includes barbecue lunch, tea and coffee.


Registration is 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Lucerne Senior Center dining room, 10th and Country Club, Lucerne. During sign in, pancake and sausage breakfast will be available for $2.


All cars and bikes are welcome. Kick stands up at 10:30 a.m. for a scenic ride through hills of Lake County.


The route leaves Lucerne Senior Center, moves to The Driftwood in Lucerne, goes through Lower Lake to Noble’s Saloon in Middletown, then up Highway 175 through Cobb Mountain to the Roadhouse, and on through Kelseyville, Lakeport, and back to Lucerne Senior Center for lunch and party.


At each of five designated stops, a card is drawn and the participants’ poker score sheet is stamped. If participants choose not to visit all stops, cards can be drawn at Lucerne center. Participants choose to ride in the pack or not. The purpose is to enjoy the scenery and comradeship, and maybe draw a winning hand of poker.


Great prizes, raffles, 50/50 drawing, live music, dancing, and no host bar will add to festivities. Eat, drink, and be merry—all to benefit seniors and users of the center.


Volunteers organizing and staffing the run hope to make this a cost free event, so that 100 percent of poker run ticket sales can benefit Meals-On-Wheels. Individuals and businesses can donate cash, copy paper, raffle prizes, paper goods, and food items to help meet this goal. Contact Lee Tyree or Carol Brown at 707-274-8779 for details.


“When the going gets tough, the tough get creative,” said Lucerne Senior Center Board President Lona Jeppesen.


The center’s fundraising committee consists of Roberta Funkhouser, Treva Ryan, Lona Jeppesen, Flo Westerfield, Ken Kent and Carol Brown.


“We are working hard to find new ways to finance center services in the wake of budget and staff cuts,” says Jeppesen. “We hope many people and businesses will support this event. After all, the center is not just for seniors, but a resource for all community members, and Meals-On-Wheels is a critical service which we provide.”


Lucerne Senior Center is located at 10th and Country Club, Lucerne, telephone 707-274-8779.


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