Perfect weather greets Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run

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Riding in his first Josh Davis memorial Poker Run Saturday was Stacey Thomas, left, of Roscoe, Ill. Thomas' friends Jeff Rudd, center, of Roscoe and Dave Haseman of Shopiere, Wis., have ridden in four prior Davis poker runs.
Riding in his first Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Saturday was Stacey Thomas, left, of Roscoe, Ill. Thomas’ friends Jeff Rudd, center, also of Roscoe and Dave Haseman of Shopiere, Wis., have ridden in four prior Davis poker runs.

More than 160 motorcyclists rolled out of Perry at 10:15 a.m. Saturday on the sixth annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Josh Davis of Perry was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. Davis was a 2009 graduate of Perry High School. He was 19 when killed.

The 165-mile circuit will make stops at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, the Sports Page bar in Winterset, the Creston Elks Lodge and the American Legion Hall in Dexter. The Perry Elks Lodge will be the venue for supper, followed by a live auction, a 50/50 drawing and a poker hand drawing.

All monies raised by the event enter the Josh Davis Memorial Fund. The fund’s activities include the Josh Davis Award at Perry High School and the upkeep and maintenance of the Josh Davis Plaza in downtown Perry. Retrieving Freedom, an organization that trains service dogs for returning veterans, also receives a portion of the charity donations.

Members of the The Perry High School junior class prepared and served a breakfast of scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy to the riders. Donations raised from the breakfast will help the juniors pay for this year’s junior-senior prom.

“We haven’t counted the money yet, so I don’t know how much we made,” said Connor Nielsen of Perry, PHS junior class president. “But we don’t really care how much we made. We’re just honored to be here.”

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