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November 1, 2013

Food basket campaign begins

CAMANCHE — For 10 years Brenda Waldorf and her team of volunteers have worked to feed the community of Camanche during the holidays, and this year they are hoping for the best turnout yet.

The 10th annual Pack the Pantry poker run will unfold at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at five different locations throughout Camanche. Jerseys, Poor House Tap, Imperial Lanes, Hydes Inn and Luigi’s will all be stops on the bicycle poker run.

Participants will be required to sign up at one of the five locations prior to the poker run, with a $5 donation and two canned goods. Once they have signed up, the bicycle rally will travel through the streets of Camanche collecting and distributing canned goods at each tavern.

“You sign up at the bar of your choice for 2 canned goods and $5. It doesn’t matter where you sign up because all the money and food is going to the same place,” Waldorf said. “We also set up boxes at the bars because a lot of the regular customers will bring in food and not even go on the poker run.”

During the poker run, a captain will be selected from each bar and will be responsible to play the poker hand at the end of the day. A playing card will be distributed at each establishment and the captain with the highest poker hand wins the collection of money from all five locations.

The winner decides what to do with the money, but according to Waldorf, since the beginning, every dollar has been donated back to the cause.

“It’s a lot of fun and we all enjoy it, but people realize it’s for a good cause. I think that’s why the money always gets donated back,” Waldorf said.

Once the poker run commences and all the food donations are distributed to each establishment, a collection will take place that night or the next day. The goods will then be transferred to the local food pantry at First Baptist Church in Camanche.

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