Vista, CA – Members of the American Legion Alvin Myo Dunn Post 365 Riders (ALR365) will be hosting their seventh annual “Daryl Malone Memorial Poker Run” on Saturday April 24, 2021. The event is open to the public and the public is welcome to participate. You do not have to be a motorcycle rider to participate, there will be raffle baskets, good food, and a band for entertainment. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be going to support Military and Veteran causes. The American Legion is a Tax-Exempt Veterans Service Organization under Internal Revenue Code 501 C (19).
This year’s Poker Run will be in honor of Robert “Grumpa” Murray. Robert was a Vietnam Veteran who served with the US Navy Utility Squadron One from 1961-1965. Grumpa was a Charter member to ALR365 and very active in the post as well as several charities and fund-raising events. Grumpa passed away on June 16th, 2019 while battling health issues related to his military service. A portion of the proceeds from the Poker Run will go to Post 365 for their Raise The Flag Community Support Program in his memory.
The purpose of the Poker Run is to bring awareness to Veteran causes, promote camaraderie, to be ambassadors to our community and ultimately to raise funds for various Veteran and Military causes. Throughout the years ALR365 has provided financial support for such organizations as the North County Veteran’s Stand Down, Hearts to Feed 100 Military Food Drive and Shelter to Soldiers. This year the goal is to raise $8000 in support of K9 Guardians (https://www.k9guardians.org/) to help fund a service dog for a Post 9/11 Veteran suffering from either Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Military Sexual Trauma (MST). A little-known fact: it is estimated that 1 in 4 female veterans and 1 in 100 male veterans in the VA healthcare system report experiencing MST.
How can you help support our event or how can you get involved?
• Make a Cash Donation – nothing to small, any monies can be dropped off at the Post
• Donate a Raffle Prize – Many individuals and business’ have already agreed to provide a raffle prize e.g. Cycle Gear, Turners Outdoors, re.find off main, B&C Automotive, Custom Embroidery
o Donation Letter available
• Tell your friends and family about this event and encourage them to participate
• Come by re.find off main (146 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista CA) on 27 March from 11 am to 2pm for a free hot dog and to hear more about the upcoming Poker Run and ways you can get involved
See you 24 April 2021 at 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave, Vista CA 92084. All COVID and Social distancing requirements will be observed.