Posted: July 15, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
By Rodney Robinson
PRINCE GEORGE, Va — The Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce held a patio poker run to support local businesses Saturday, July 11.
This event included motorcyclists collecting cars from restaurants. Once the participants collected five cards, they then returned to see who had the best hand. Becky McDonough, CEO of the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce, points out that they wanted this event to benefit restaurants and to make others aware of restaurants in the area that have patios during this time.
“Our biggest motivation was to have an event that could be done safely with social distancing,” Mcdonough said. “We wanted it to benefit something or someone so we felt benefiting the restaurants was a good way to go.”
This is the first year for this event. There were about 40 participants who signed up on Saturday. Of the estimated 40 participants, The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association had the most members to sign up. The group had about 19 members to participate in the event. Timothy Brendel, a member of CVMA, said that “what better way is to ask a bunch of bikers who are very charitable in themselves” to come out and support the community.
“The reason why I personally rode today is to support our local businesses, to help our community,” Brendel said.
The event lasted for about two hours with prizes given out at the end. For more information visit their website.