At 11 a.m., the eighth annual event will depart from Harley-Davidson of Cartersville, 2281 Highway 411, and travel more than 60 miles before concluding at Hooters of Cartersville, 885 Joe Frank Harris Parkway. To participate, bikers will need to pay a $25 registration fee from 10 to 11 a.m.
“It’s a poker run and it’s going to take about two hours [to complete],” said Charles Lowry, a member of the Hoggs for Dogs board. “... At each stop, you’re going to get a card. So you’ll have five cards when you arrive back to Hooters, which makes a poker hand. The best poker hand is obviously if somebody had a royal flush — they would have a perfect hand — and they would win. There’s also a prize for the worst hand, which would be ace, 3, 4, 5, 6 or something.
“... I think there’s a lot of appeal [for the event]. It’s a great time for a bunch of guys, a lot of them that know each other and some [who] don’t, to get together and have a nice group ride out through the county for about two hours, then wind up back talking about the ride.”
Following the ride, the individuals with the best and worst hands will receive prizes and there will be a raffle and silent auction starting about 1 p.m.
Since the EVHS currently is funded solely by private donations, fundraisers and adoption fees, events like Hoggs for Dogs are integral to its operation.
Opened in 2006, EVHS’ 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladds Mountain Road in Cartersville costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The shelter consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages, a puppy room with 22 cages and seven outdoor kennel runs.
“We would ideally like to have at least 50 riders participate,” EVHS Director Bryan Canty said. “It’s hard in this type of event [to estimate our proceeds]. You have your registration fees, but when you have more and more riders, you have more people that are bidding on silent auction items and, of course, more chances on the raffle as well. So it’s hard to throw out a [dollar] number. It just depends on how generous a mood people are [in] when they get back to the destination.
“[The proceeds will go] toward our operating expenses at the shelter. It’s not earmarked for any particular fund. They’re not restricted funds, but we have to keep the lights on. We have to keep the animals fed. We have to have all of our vaccines and everything on hand so that we can treat the animals and have them as healthy as they can be for prospective adopters.”
For more information about the EVHS and its upcoming fundraiser, visit www.etowahvalleyhumane.org or call 770-383-3338. If the event is postponed due to weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday.