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Poker run to benefit boys lodge
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Forsyth County News
The Bald Ridge Lodge fall poker run fundraiser is Saturday and the best hand will receive $150.

Registration is set for 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot across from Goodson Drug Co. in downtown Cumming.

Cost is $15 per motorcycle, plus $5 for passengers.

The ride ends about 1 p.m. by the CooCoo’s Nest at the corner of Pilgrim Mill Road and Freedom Parkway.

The nonprofit houses boys ages 12 to 17 who are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services or referred by Forsyth County Juvenile Court.

Gary Stout, executive director of the lodge, said the money raised will go toward “everything.”

“It’s generally for operations and generally to maintain the program,” he said.

“Now that we’re full — we have 12 kids here — we need more staff. And when we have to bring more staff in, it costs more money to operate the program.”

Stout said the facility aims to make a positive impact on its residents and their families.

“The boys come here through the juvenile court and rather than putting them in jail or sending them to the (regional youth detention center), they’re keeping them in the community,” Stout said.

He said the lodge keeps its residents in contact with their parents so the relationship isn’t broken when the boys leave the program.

“While the kids are here we try to stablilize them and teach them things about their behavior,” he said.

The first 50 riders to register Saturday will receive free coffee, breakfast and a T-shirt.

There also will be door prizes and a 50-50 raffle.

Contact: (770) 887-1220.