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Poker playing bikers riding for fundraiser

Date Posted: 2006-05-22

Boozefighters Far East Motorcycle Club wants to raise money for scholarships.

The Okinawa City bikers club is staging a poker run May 27th, and is looking for riders looking for a good hand for a good cause.

Boozefighters, which bills itself as a motorcycle club dedicated to supporting communities and sharing the road with other clubs, will run the May poker run at five locations across the island. In simple terms, bikers sign up to play poker at $5 per hand, aiming to win either the high hand, low hand or a 50/50 hand. The bikers draw one card at each of five locations, with winners stepping forward at the end.

Donations are going to Kubasaki High School’s college fund. The action begins May 27th, Saturday, at the Boozefighere Clubhouse at 911 Sonoda 3-Chome in Okinawa City. The clubhouse is two blocks down from Club Pyramids. Check-in time is 10am. A rain date has been set for June 3rd, just in case.

Boozefighters Far East is a chapter in a U.S. motorcycle club established in 1946 in California. The group, founded by a group of young guys fresh from World War II fighting, found the camaraderie of bikers to be almost as good as the military. Willie Forkner founded the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, which was ultimately immortalized by the movie “The Wild One” starring Marlon Brando. For movie buffs, Lee Marvin played the role of Forkner.

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