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Miles for the Museum set for Saturday

May 30, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Join the Southwest Florida Military Museum for a Miles for the Museum Poker Run that will take riders to Pine Island, North Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Southwest Florida Military Museum entertainment and events consultant Denise Wood said funds raised during the Poker Run will go towards renovations and upkeep of the museum.

The Poker Run will take place Saturday, June 2, with the first bike out at 10 a.m., last bike leaving at 11 a.m. Wood said all of the bikes have to return to the Southwest Florida Military Museum by 3:30 p.m. to turn in their poker hands.

The best hand wins $150 and the worst hand wins $50.

Registration, which can be done online at, or at the museum, is $20 per driver and $10 for the rider.

The longest two runs are at the beginning of the ride with the first stop at Ragged Ass Saloon, followed by Crossroads Grill and Lounge.

The next two stops are a remote location inside the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, followed by Anthony's on the Blvd. in Cape Coral.

The final draw will take place at the Southwest Florida Military Museum.

Those who participate in the poker run will receive a playing card with spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. At each stop the player will pull a card and receive a stamp on their playing card of what they drew.

"They return the cards so everyone gets to draw out of a full deck of cards,"Wood explained. "You get to redraw if you get the same card at another location."

Those not able to go on the Poker Run are invited to attend a party at the museum for $10 a person. Wood said they are serving a pulled pork meal. The event will also offer entertainment by Jenny B, as well as a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar.

The party begins at 2:30 p.m., at the museum.

The building for the Southwest Florida Military Museum, which has been located at 4820 Leonard Street for the past six years, was purchased last September after being rented previously. She said since they were just renters they were not able to fixup the building.

"Now we are working towards upgrading and (making) improvements to the building," Wood said.

The museum honors veterans and soldiers from as early as the Revolution to current conflicts.

"It's a really cool place to come and visit," Wood said.

Another fundraiser, a luau, has been scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The Caribbean style event will feature entertainment and dinner. Tickets are $15 and includes island style cocktails, appetizers, as well as a pineapple glazed ham and jerk chicken meal.

For more information call (239) 541-8704.



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