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Run for the Light Motorcycle Poker Run celebrates 10 years

Timmy Likens was one of 368 participants in the poker run. Photo by Karen Harper.

Mary Beth Sallee

Hart Co. News-Herald


For the past 10 years, motorcycle riders have descended upon Munfordville every second Saturday in June for the annual Run for the Light Motorcycle Poker Run.

The event, which was established in 2014 by James and Sherry Lawrence, is held in memory of James’ dad, Kenneth Lawrence. It serves as a way to shine a light on suicide awareness, mental health, and the struggles that many people silently deal with a daily basis. The poker run also serves as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

As of June 16, Run for the Light had raised $19,015 for this year. However, more donations are coming in that will bring the total to over $20,000.

“All of the proceeds go to AFSP to provide research for suicide prevention, create education programs and distribution (including in schools), support for those in mental health crisis and survivors of suicide loss, as well as advocacy in both state and federal legislation to create change for mental health,” said Sherry Lawrence.

The poker run included 248 registered riders and 120 passengers, for a total of 368 participants on motorcycles.

“Every year, we have people that travel from different states to ride with us,” Sherry said. “This year we were told we had riders from states including Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee.”

In addition to the ride, other activities were held as well. Munfordville Tourism sponsored two bouncy houses that were available for children. AFSP Board of Directors were in attendance and provided information and honor beads for loved ones. The Udderly Delicious Ice Cream trailer was also on site.

“We had corn hole boards to pass the time, and Jacob Embry of Crazy Jake’s Entertainment was there all day providing music and entertainment,” Sherry said. “Vendor booths with BDR Powersports was there, as well as Bikers Info USA. BBQ by Bubby Perkins was provided throughout the day and all that registered when we returned. We also sold chances on a drawing for a custom motorcycle for our 10th year. It had been our goal since the first year to be able to do this, and it was on display throughout the day for everyone.”

Sherry stated that she and James are grateful for the support that they receive for the annual event.

“Without everyone, we could not have made this event last this long or raised the funds over the years to help others,” Sherry said. “..We just want to thank everyone that participates in any way possible as we would never be able to have this event if it wasn’t for them. When you have someone come up to you and say that they are a survivor, that makes everything you did worth it. What may seem small to someone is a big impact for others. If you see someone struggling, offer them help.”

If you are in crisis, reach out for help. Call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741 for help.

James Lawrence, far right, recognized four individuals who have participated in the poker run for all 10 years. Richard Wayne, center, won the tie breaker for the Most Years Rode Award. Photo submitted.

A total of 248 motorcycles lined Main Street in downtown Munfordville during the annual Run for the Light Motorcycle Poker Run. Photo by Karen Harper.



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