GALLIPOLIS — Fruth Pharmacy will host its 3rd annual Poker Run on this Saturday, Oct. 6, sign-up is at 11 a.m. and first bike will leave at noon. The run begins at Fruth Pharmacy on State Route 160 near Holzer Hospital.
The poker run was initiated by Pauletta Hawley, Gallipolis Fruth store manager at the St. Rt. 160, Gallipolis location.
“This is a great way to bring the community together for a good cause,” Hawley stated, “all proceeds from this event will benefit Holzer Center for Cancer Care.”
Every October Fruth Pharmacy holds a cancer event chain-wide; each Fruth location chooses a cancer organization and what type of charity event to hold to help raise funds for their organization.
In 2015, Hawley had an idea that a poker run might help raise substantial funds for Holzer Center for Cancer Care. The event proved to be successful and Hawley has organized a poker run for the past 3 years.
“Planning that first Poker Run was a little scary, you’re worried that the response won’t be what you’re hoping for, but the Gallia community was great. The community came together and it was a huge success. It’s great when your community is on board with such a worthy cause. I couldn’t thank them enough,” stated Hawley.
Hawley is excited for this year’s event and proud to be helping Holzer Center for Cancer Care. She hopes to continue to generate cancer awareness in the Gallipolis community and encourage people to pursue needed screenings. The event will also include a bake sale, prize drawings, and outdoor vendors.
The route includes stops at Fruth Pharmacy locations on Second Avenue in Gallipolis, West Main Street in Pomeroy, United Lane in Athens and the back to the Route 160 location in Gallipolis.
Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 65 years. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Submitted by Fruth Pharmacy.