What is that NJ Poker Run?

NJ Poker Run: Automotive Rally to benefit underprivileged children

You’ve surely seen the many signs out there promoting a website NJPokerRun.com.

Well, for those who forgot to look it up – it’s not a poker website, but rather a very creative fundraiser for the Valley View Elementary School in Montville, NJ

The event is sponsored by the Gold’s Gym in Whippany, and looks like a fun event with a massive top prize (depending on how many entrants there are).

What is the NJ poker run?

“The NJ poker run is an automotive rally where participants drive from stop to stop picking up playing cards in hopes of getting the best hand. Participants start by meeting up at Gold’s Gym in Whippany, NJ. Once everyone is gathered, each person participating will receive their first playing card along with directions to the first stop. Three more stops will follow, each time another playing card will be handed out. Each stop is on the way down to the finish line – Martell’s Tiki Bar / restaurant on the Pt. Pleasant Boardwalk.”

  • When: Saturday July 23, 2011. Participants must be in the Gold’s Gym parking lot no later than 11am.
  • Where: Gold’s Gym – 901 rt 10, Whippany NJ 07981 – (973) 929-3171
  • Why: This ride is to help all under privileged children ages 5-12 receive necessities for school as well as gifts for the holidays and birthdays.

Really, why? Tell me more…

“Our reason for choosing Valley View is because of this true story… A young boy was caught stealing food from his school cafeteria. When he was asked why he stole his response was “I wanted to take food home so that my brother would be able to eat dinner.” With research, we found that most children attending the Valley View School were underprivileged and were living in horrendous conditions.

Please join us in the effort to give these children a better life and all of the essentials they need.”

  • Cost: $50.00 per poker hand.
  • 1st prize: 50% of the total pot. (Other half goes directly to the kids.)
  • 2nd prize: $50.00 best buy gift card + 6 month membership at Golds Gym.
  • 3rd prize: 1 hour massage at Massage Envy + 3 month Gold’s Gym membership.

Sounds like great time! I’ll have to check my schedule to see if I can participate. Too bad the fundraisers in Hoboken are never this fun…

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Monday, July 18, 2011 9:52 am

Those signs look costly. High quality and weatherproof. There must be a lot at stake. How legit is this event? Who regulates it?

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