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By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

Imperial Mayor Dwight Coleman is organizing a “Mayor’s Poker Run” July 12, with proceeds to benefit The Giving Circle. The Giving Circle is a group of women who donate their own money to benefit persons in Imperial with special financial needs.
Coleman said, “I just want to do something fun to give back to the community,” when asked why he was organizing the event.
A poker run is when riders drive from spot to spot, collecting playing cards and trying to make a good poker hand.
Coleman said the stops won’t be finalized for another week, but the route will start at the city gym in Imperial, then run through Benkelman, Haigler, Wray (Colo.), Holyoke (Colo.) and back to Imperial, for a total of 160 miles.
The run is open to both motorcycles and vehicles.
“I’d be tickled to death to have 25 vehicles,” he stated.
The cost of a poker hand is $30 per person, which includes a t-shirt and dinner.
Coleman said businesses have donated money for the prizes, which are $300 for the top poker hand, $200 for the second one and $100 for the third one.
Registration will begin at noon on July 12, with the race to begin from the city gym at 1 p.m.
Flyers will be posted around Imperial and at the city office later this month with more information and registration information.
Coleman will be directing the event from the seat of his Yamaha Stratoliner.