This year’s Poker Run will be raising funds for the Golden Family Centre

Golden’s annual Poker Run supporting a great cause

Proceeds from the annual motorcycle event will go to the Golden Family Centre, an organization very special to organizer Andrew Englehart.

Andrew Englehart

Poker Run Organizer

The Golden Triangle Motorcycle Poker Run started in 2008 by my father Bryan Englehart as a way to get some local motorcycle enthusiast together, enjoy some fellowship, and to go for a ride to raise some funds for a good cause in our beautiful community.

Since his passing in 2011 the event has continued as a memorial in his name.

The ride is September 17 this year. It starts in  Golden, then onto Lake Louise, then Radium before returning to Golden. There are five check stops along the way where you receive a card.

The best and worst poker hands win prizes, and there will be an addition raffle with prizes graciously donated by local businesses.

It’s a $20 entry fee per hand with the proceeds being split between the winners and the cause. This year we are proud to partner with the Golden Family Centre.

We also hope to bring awareness to such a wonderful and necessary service in our community. For those who don’t already know, the Golden Family Center provides affordable, confidential counselling and support services to individuals and families.

They are committed to the enhancement of the well-being of individuals, families and the community of Golden by providing education, advocacy, resources, counselling, early intervention and support services.

I was born and raised in Golden and came to a point in my life in which I did not know where to turn. I walked into our Golden Family centre back in 2010 scared and confused. There I received the support, knowledge, solutions and that little bit of hope I was desperately in need of.

The Golden Family Centre and staff there have changed my life. For that I am forever grateful, and it holds a special place in my heart.

It is a privilege to be able to do a small part to give back to such a essential service and by sharing a bit of my experience and story.

It’s heart warming to see how our community truly comes together time after time when people are in need.

The ride will leave from NAPA Auto Parts at 10 a.m. Registration will start at 9 a.m., so come down early for a cup of coffee, to hang out, take a look at all the bikes and share some fellowship.

We will return to Golden at the Wolfs Den for prizes, great food, laughter and stories.