Last updated: August 27. 2014 6:30PM - 293 Views
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CASA and the Sedalia Moose Lodge have teamed up to host a poker run this Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting the women and children helped by CASA.

CASA, or Citizens Against Spouse Abuse, helps victims of abuse such as domestic or sexual violence by providing temporary shelter, information on abuse, and advocating for victims. CASA hosted its first poker run a few years ago, but decided to partner with the Moose Lodge this year for some additional support.

“This time Moose is helping us, so there’s a little more hands on deck to help with it,” said CASA Court Advocate Amanda Davis. “It’s a beautiful route across some of Missouri, over Windsor crossing. There’s four areas that cross over water so it should be really beautiful.”

The event starts at the Moose Stand on the Midway on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. From there, the route features Tebo Creek Lodge Bar & Grill, Roadhouse Bar, Grill & Marina, 4K Cheese & Meats, and ends at the Sedalia Moose Lodge, located at 119 Winchester Road. The final card draw will be at 3 p.m. and then prizes will be awarded for first, second and first place hands, along with the worst hand.

“All wheels are welcome, and people don’t have to go on the ride,” Davis said. “They can just show up to the Moose at 3 to enjoy festivities and join us there.”

Bingo Horse Races, which Davis described as a fast-paced version of bingo, will start at 4 p.m. A fish fry dinner will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a dance, with music from Tobacco Row, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $8, cost for the dance is $6, or participants can attend both for $10. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a grand prize raffle for a 42” flat screen smart TV at 9 p.m.

Davis said the event is an effort to raise awareness for CASA and its services, as well as the Sedalia Moose Lodge. Those involved are hoping to make the poker run an annual event. The proceeds will all go back to CASA’s general fund.

“We’ve had our doors open for 31 years and we’d like people to know by fundraisers and community help we can keep our doors open for hopefully another 31 years,” Davis said. “The women and children from domestic violence and sexual violence have a place to go and get back on their feet.

“I hope what I get out of this, is October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is at the end of summer going into fall, which is when our awareness starts. This is sort of a kick off of the fall awareness season.”

Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday on the fairgrounds, with the ride starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 per bike and $5 for extra poker cards. There will be bike washes at Roadhouse Bar, Grill & Marina for $5, with all proceeds going to CASA. The event will occur rain or shine.

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