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CDS benefit poker run a success

CDS benefit poker run a success
Despite forecasted rain, more than 75 motorcycle riders showed up Saturday morning, May 15, to participate in the first ever Jim Guinn/CDS Poker Run. 
The fundraiser, which included not only the poker run, but also a raffle ticket sale and silent auction, raised nearly $12,000 for Community Developmental Services (CDS), a nonprofit organization that provides services and support to adults with developmental disabilities in Weakley, Obion, Henry, Carroll and Lake Counties. 
“We are so pleased with the results of this first-time fundraiser,” said CDS Executive Director, Cathy Cate. “We are just blown away by the generosity of the community, in particular this group of riders, and so grateful to the organizers for all their hard work these last several months.”
The event, named in honor Jim Guinn, 43, a longtime CDS service recipient and Paris-native, included mostly riders from Henry and Weakley Counties.  The run covered 110 miles and seven stops across the two counties. 
Organizers had expected a crowd of 200 or more, but predicted storms likely affected turn out, they said. 
June Wehner, of New Concord, Ky., coordinated the Poker Run for CDS, her fifth such fundraising event for nonprofit groups in the last several years. 
Wehner had nothing but praise for the efforts of the volunteers who helped the day of the run.
“I want to thank all those who worked on Saturday, for a very long and fun day.  I also want to give a special thanks to Buie and Cindy and the Outlaws for their fantastic help with traffic control, along with the Henry County Sherrif’s Department and the Dresden Police Department.”
Nearly 100 area businesses and individuals donated cash or other items to the event for door prizes, rider prizes, a silent auction and raffle. Plans are already in the works for next year’s Poker Run for CDS, to be held again in May.
“We want the community and everyone who donated to know that the money that has been raised will go directly back into our programs here at CDS to enhance the quality of life for the individuals we serve,” Cate added. For more information about CDS please call 731-587-3851, or visit
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