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POSTED: October 30, 2009 10:18 a.m.
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Bikers and pet enthusiasts get a pre-trip safety talk as they prepare for the 140 mile round trip ride benefiting the Liberty Humane Shelter at their third annual Poker run.

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About 45 different bikes and 60 riders made a 140-mile round trip Saturday from Hinesville to Darien and back as part of the Liberty Humane Shelter’s third annual poker run.
According to shelter President Sandra Frye, the rain didn’t deter riders, who helped raise $1,900 for the animals at the shelter.
Frye said she was thankful for the sponsors and supporters of the ride, which started at Liberty Cycle, circled through Glennville to Darien and ended at the historic Dorchester Academy in Midway.
She said Kroger offered support as did Gary Dodd, owner of the local McDonald’s, helping the shelter staff feed the riders a spaghetti dinner after their ride.
Frye said this year’s ride took in a little less than last year’s.
Hoping to secure more funds, Frye said the shelter opened its membership drive earlier than usual. Membership fees are $25 and can be paid online at www.libertyhumaneshelter.com.
Frye said they sent out 660 membership renewal forms and, to date, have received only 100 returns.
Last year, the shelter had the opportunity to win a $1 million makeover and earned $10,000 through online voting at Zootoo.com. Frye said that helped lagging membership because people were able to help the shelter without having to dig into their pockets during hard economic times.
This year, however, Zootoo.com was unable to find a sponsor for the contest, so it’s on hold.
Shelter volunteers and board members are planning events to raise funds. They are also preparing for their annual meeting, scheduled for Nov. 17.
One of the upcoming events promises to be entertaining.
“We are planning a womanless pageant,” Frye said. “Picture men in complete formal wear and gowns walking down the runway.”
The pageant is scheduled for Dec. 12 and will be at the Brewton-Parker auditorium. Frye said they are taking registrations for contestants.
For more information on helping the shelter or the womanless pageant, call 876-3647.
 

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