Registrations are still being accepted for the inaugural Ride to Reconcile Poker Run that will benefit Ben’s Ranch Foundation and the teens with mental health challenges that the nonprofit organization serves. The Poker Run kicks off at noon on Saturday, June 11. The event was rescheduled from May 21 due to the threat of inclement weather and in an effort to ensure that all riders were safe.
Motorcyclists will make stops along the charity ride at various bars and restaurants to play Five Card Stud and win prizes. The event, sponsored by First Onsite Property Restoration, will finish off with a barbecue and silent auction.
Mental Health America estimates that about 66,000 young people in Indiana suffered at least one Major Depressive Episode in 2021 and it’s estimated that one in five American teens suffer from at least one diagnosable mental health disorder.
Ben’s Ranch Foundation connects teens struggling with mental health challenges to paid internships with farms, stables and equine therapy facilities. The jobs compliment medical therapies by helping give teens purpose and exposure to the healing powers of animals and nature. The internship program is offered free to families thanks to generous donations from the community.
“It is appropriate that the first Ride to Reconcile Poker Run during Mental Health Awareness Month should benefit an organization committed to helping ease the youth mental health crisis,” Ride Organizer Malita Duncan said. “Ben’s Ranch Foundation connects teens to the healing power of fresh air, hard work and animals. We are honored to help them with their mission by donating 100 percent of the funds raised from this event to the nonprofit organization.”
Pre-registration for drivers is $25 and $15 for passengers. Motorcyclists can email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and secure their free t-shirts. Registration will also be available the day of the event at First Onsite from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at 3610 Shelby Street in Indianapolis.