Poker Run fundraiser coming

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The Manorville Historical Society is slated to host its first-ever Poker Run on Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pine Barrens Trails Center.

Agnes Pearo, president of the Manorville Historical Society, explained how the event will work, by having participants play a hand of poker while enjoying a hike through one of three trails.

“You’ll pay your $2 donation and get your first card. Then you move on; each booth will have a bit about Manorville history and you’ll pick up another card. By the end of the day, they’ll have five cards,” said Pearo.

“The four best hands will get prizes,” she continued, explaining that prizes include gift certificates to local businesses.

In addition to raising funds and organizing a family-friendly event for residents, the Manorville Historical Society decided to work on this event to bring attention to the trails and to the Brookhaven Bicycle Co-Op, who lease the building on the grounds. The group repairs unwanted bicycles and provides them to people in need.

Pearo said the Poker Run idea is not new, but the historical society is bringing a new spin to it.

“When I was a kid, we did it by horseback. They do it in cars. We’re doing it as hikers—and that, to me, is good, wholesome fun the whole family can participate in,” she said.

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