Poker run to raise funds for shelter

The Ride for the Dogs poker run fundraiser will be conducted at 10 a.m. Oct. 22, with proceeds going to the construction of the Jackson County Dog Shelter.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown. The ride will wind through the western part of the county, passing various sites of interest before heading back to the county seat.

The ride, sponsored by Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre, Seymour Animal Hospital and St. Francis Pet Hospital, is open to all-terrain and other utility-type vehicles and Jeeps.

“They will be stopping in Medora, at Salt Creek Winery (near Houston), Freetown and then going back to Brownstown,” said Andy Rumph, funeral director at Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre in Seymour and chairman of the event.

“We encourage anyone with one of these vehicles to come out and support the cause, see parts of Jackson County that they might not have seen before and to have a good time,” he said.

Lunch, a T-shirt and one poker hand are included in the entry fee. The Pershing Township Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will provide the food.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 15 and younger. Participants must have a valid driver’s license, and no alcohol is permitted.

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Raffle tickets also are being sold to win a UTV with an estimated value of $9,999. Ticket prices are one for $20 or three for $50 and may be purchased from any member of the Jackson County Dog Shelter committee.

Tickets may be purchased through Debbie Hackman, who is spearheading the effort to raise funds for the shelter. Hackman can be contacted at 812-525-9367 or

The drawing for the raffle will be conducted at the second annual Fur Ball fundraiser March 4, 2017, but you do not have to be present to win.

The mission is to raise funds for the construction of a permanent facility to house abused, neglected, abandoned and homeless dogs in Jackson County and to place them in loving homes.

As of July 2016, about one-fourth of the $200,000 goal had been met for the building of the shelter. The funds need to be raised by February 2017.

The shelter would take the place of Red Sky Rescue, a dog shelter north of Medora. Ruth Riley is manager and executive director of the rescue shelter, which is overcrowded and in need of volunteers, and she will serve as the placement officer at the new facility in Brownstown.

Ride for the Dogs will be conducted rain or shine.

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