Thank you to everyone that participated in our 92nd Annual Poker Drive/Run on April 17th. It was such a fun day with over 250 cars there. This is the first year we've had dash plaques to give to all that participated. It took awhile to go through all 415 scorecards and judge the poker hands but we did it.. We didn't want to announce the winners until we were able to notify all of them. The winners are: Theresa Segerson, Neotsu, OR. with four of a kind, 1st place($100), 2nd place, Judi Herschbach, with a full house, Salem, ($75) and 3rd place David Willard, Dallas, with a full house ($50). Roy Petzel won the Battery Tender Jr.
We collected 303 lbs. of food for Marion Polk Food Share and $330 in cash. With the sale of the poker hands we are able to make a generous donation to the Salem Boys and Girls Club.
A big thank you to the businesses and organizations that hosted the poker stops for us. Thank you, Deepwood Museum and Gardens, Willamette Valley Fruit Co., Benedictine Sisters (Monastery), Scenic Valley Farms Winery, Egan Nurseries & Gardens and the NW Vintage Car/Motorcycle Museum. Thank you to Walery's Pizza for the coffee in the morning and Batteries Northwest (Travis and Teresa Sowers) for donating the battery tender Jr. door prize.
The Salem Auto Club Council voted to donate all of the proceeds this year to two charities. We are able to give each group $1,050. Our charities for 2021 are: Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties and Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum, Speedster Program.
We were so pleased to be able to make a donation this year after not being able to have our Cherry Blossom Poker Drive/Run in 2020.