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Jun 11, 2015

Lending a (poker) hand for wishes

Franks Ride for Children
Frank’s Ride for Children, one of the state’s largest motorcycle poker runs with over 1,000 riders, raised $25,000 for Make-A-Wish Colorado.

“It’s all about doing stuff for the kids,” Frank’s Ride for Children’s committee co-chair, Greg, says.

For almost 30 years now, this annual poker run has been hosted with one mission in mind: helping to make a difference in the life of a child! Over the span of these years, they have been wildly successful by raising a total of $570,361.

This year’s event took place mid-May and raised a total of $25,000!

Frank, the founder of this charity event, wanted to do something special for kids with life-threatening diseases, so he gathered friends and family to raise money that goes towards helping these kids. After the second poker run took place, Frank passed away, leaving his ideas for his co-workers to adopt and later name after him.

Every year, people of all ages come together for a ride filled with fun, with stops along the way to eat, dance, and celebrate the kids they are raising money for. In attendance are the wish kids whom the event is dedicated to—this year, the four of them were Austin, Brittany, Daniel, and Zach.

“My favorite part would be when we leave the moose and go to the first stop with the wish kids. I get the Longmont Police Department involved and they shut down the intersections,” says Greg.

The whole ride is about 80 miles total starting at the Longmont Moose Lodge, and while not everyone follows the whole time, the wish kids ride the entire route. Anyone is welcome to follow along in their bike, car, truck, or whatever else they may have. With everyone riding behind a police escort, it is definitely a sight to see!

“Every year is a good year for us, it’s just something we like to do with all the volunteers we get,” Greg says, “Next year is our 30th anniversary though, that’ll be a big one.”

 

  • Frank's Ride committee members, including Greg!

  • Wish kid, Derek riding in a sidecar

  • Franks Ride for Children poker run

  • Thumbs up from a side car!

  • Wish kids attending the Franks Ride 29th annual poker run

  • Wish kids riding in side cars for the poker run

  • Make-A-Wish Colorado volunteers Tracy and Lois!

  • Thank you Franks Ride!

“Our daughter got to shine and be the center of positive, healthy attention for a whole week.”

About this Blog

Our wish kids, families, volunteers and supporters have either witnessed or experienced first-hand the impact a wish can have on a child with a life-threatening medical condition, and have different experiences and memories associated with our organization. Read about the Make-A-Wish Colorado family here at the Wishful Thinking Blog!

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