JUNCTION CITY — The Annual Jerry Sorrell Memorial Poker Run and Hog Roast is this Saturday at the American Legion Post #376 in Junction City. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. and the proceeds will go towards the Perry County Cancer Alliance.

The Poker Run was created in memory of Jerry Sorrell, who was a local resident in the community. Sorrell was one of the founding members of the American Legion Riders, which was stated in 2008. Sorrell passed away in April of 2012 after a battle with stomach cancer.

“A lot of People were just close with him and felt like he had done a lot in the community,” Judy Paxton told The Perry County Tribune.

In his memory, community members who knew Sorrell started the Poker Run in his name after he passed away in 2012. Typically, The event is scheduled for August every year and has been going on for eight years.

Every year, The Sorrell Poker Run raises between $4,000 to $6,000. Last year, the annual event raised a total of $4,400 for the Perry County Cancer Alliance with around 60 riders participating in the event.

The event, this year, will hold a silent and Chinese auction where participants can win items and prizes. If a participant wants to be sponsored, they will have to pay $25 and their name will be included on the shirts sold for the ride.

The trip and run will cover 100 miles. Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude at 12 p.m. The first group of bike to go out will start at 1 p.m. and riders will have to come back at 5 p.m.

There are different costs for those who want to participate in the event.

There will also be cash prizes for the after the conclusion of the poker run. First place will win $300, second place will win $200 and third place will win $100. The auction will be going on throughout the evening on Saturday.

The Eighth Annual Jerry Sorrell Memorial Poker Run and Hog Roast will be this Saturday and it will begin at 10:30 a.m. The start and end location will be at the American Legion Post #376 in Junction City.

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