Area State Farm Insurance agents, in partnership with Folds of Honor's Western Carolina Chapter, hosted a Motorcycle Poker Run Saturday (April 30th) to raise funds for academic scholarships for military dependents.
State Farm contributed $2000 to jump start the fundraiser. 55 participants participated raising $6,439. Participants stopped at four locations hosted by State Farm agents Billye Roland of Lincolnton, Rich Lyon of Denver, Kevin McMillan of Newton and Jason Cox of Valdese, to draw a card for their poker hand. The day’s best hand won a prize donated by Blue Ridge Harley Davidson.
“We want to thank State Farm for this opportunity,” said Dave Nein, President of the Western Carolina Chapter of Folds of Honor. “Our chapter utilizes a combination of individual contributors, local chapter events, partner support and events like the Motorcycle Poker Run to help us provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of disabled or fallen military members."
“State Farm has a long history of supporting Veterans and their families. We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid. Our goal for this event was to raise money and awareness to honor the service and sacrifice made by military members and their families,” said State Farm Agent Rich Lyon on behalf of the group.
The Western Carolina, Eastern Carolina and Palmetto State Chapters are among 31 Folds of Honor Chapters across the nation. The three chapters, organized in the last four years, have provided over 600 scholarships in the past year. They have a $3 million fundraising goal and all funds raised in an area are utilized in that area.
“We are grateful to State Farm, our chapter members and all the participants in the Motorcycle Poker Run,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, Founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “What a great way to have fun, show your patriotism and raise money for students that need and deserve our help.”