The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


June 26, 2013

American Legion riders ‘Keep the Lights On’

TARBORO — On June 1, The American Legion Riders Post 19 NC held their 3rd Annual “Keep the Lights On” Poker Run.  

It was a sunny day, not too hot, with a nice breeze. The day started out great. George Young and John Vaudo set up the registration stop at Rocky Mount Harley Davidson about 9 a.m. and almost immediately had about 20 riders registering for the 9:30 kick off.  

Tom Seibert and Gary McCoy set out for George’s Club of Tarboro, Al Keel and Michelle Burgess got the Stop set up at the Veterans Memorial at Suggs Crossroad on U.S. 258 South. Mike Wall and Tim and Carolyn Rogerson were on hand at the fourth Stop of Falkland EMS and Ottine Miller and Al Lantman went to the Final Stop of Melanie’s Place in Stantonsburg.

The event started three years ago to make sure the light at the Veterans Memorial at Suggs Crossroads didn’t have to get turned off.  

The VFW in Pinetops had been responsible for the Memorial but has had to close due to declining membership. The American Legion Riders Post 19 NC was approached by Al Keel, David Sult, and CJ Webb and asked if they could do something to help. Well, three years later they have managed to have three successful annual events to raise the money to maintain the Memorial. This year they had about 45 riders for their event. At the end stop Calvin Turner grilled up hot dogs and hamburgers, door prizes were raffled off, and a 50/50 was done.  

To make the event fun, The Legion Riders had a prize for best and worst hands. The Riders  also raffled off a 12-gauge shotgun that was won by William Sun of Rocky Mount.  

The donations raised during the event will go to maintain the Memorial, for the Colon Furr Nursing Scholarship, The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, and other worthwhile charities.

The American Legion Riders Post 19 NC would like to express their gratitude to everyone that participated in the event but especially to George and Melanie Johnson, for the use of their business, Al Keel for his dedication in keeping the Memorial up, to Falkland EMS for the use of their facility and Rocky Mount Harley Davidson.

We also thank everyone that made a donation of a door prize, such as Gary McCoy, Bill Anderson, Ace Hardware, Twin County Motorsports, April Turner, and the many others that were so generous.


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