7th Annual Joker’s Wild

This Memorial Day Weekend bikers from all over the Front Range will come together to help abused and neglected youth at the Realities For Children’s 7th Annual Joker’s Wild Realities Ride & Poker Run on Sunday, May 25th. Thousands of bikers will enjoy a 100 mile scenic tour of Northern Colorado, with free ride shirts to the first 500 pre-registered riders, hot Qdoba Mexican Grill breakfast for the first 2,000 people, live music at every stop, no card draw lines, a $1,000 best hand prize, chance to win a $2,000 custom paint job, great giveaways and an after ride celebration that will blow you away!

Always wanting kick the ride up a gear, this year’s registration and breakfast will take place at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson in Loveland (4250 Byrd Drive) at 9:30 am. Bikers will enjoy a stunning journey throughout Northern Colorado, all while riding for our community’s youth in need. And get this… the growling of bikes will echo throughout the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, where bikers will cool their engines for the biggest After Ride Celebration ever!

This year’s Realities After Ride Celebration, sponsored by Budweiser Chelada, will feature live music on the Realities Ride downtown stage and streets for bike parking only. Get ready to rock and roll to the great sounds of i69 and Something Underground. Wanna show off that hot bike and help children in the process? You can do so by entering the Quick Throttle Ride-In Bike Show with an entry fee. Spectators have the chance to vote for their favorite bike, in a number of different categories, by making a contribution in front of the bikes of their choice. Bikers and attendees alike, will also enjoy Thunder Roads’ Hot Rod and Vintage Bike Shows and the Colorado ColorFest Tattoo Competition – hosted by Joker’s Wild Tattoo. Riders can quench their thirst at the Joker’s Wild Beer Garden and watch as the top poker hand winner will be awarded the $1,000 Hilton Best Hand cash prize. And one lucky person will be selected in the drawing for a $2,000 custom paint job from Linen & Styles Custom Paint and Design! If you ride, this is the one you don’t want to miss!

Catch a sneak peek at what one of the state’s largest charity poker runs looks like on the 2007 Realities Ride video by checking out www.realitiesride.com. And just to get you up to speed on how thousands of bikers ride in a poker run and enjoy good people and great music – instead of waiting in long lines to draw a card – it’s called Texas Hold’em. When bikers register or check-in, they will draw their two Hole cards. At each stop, the Flop, the Turn and the River cards are revealed (these are 5 common cards played by all riders). Just like Texas Hold’em, the player with the best 5 card poker hand, using at least one of their hole cards, is the Hilton cash prize winner.

Thanks to all who join us the ‘winning hand’ is dealt to at-risk children in Larimer County, who benefit from the ride. Ranking third in the nation for child abuse deaths, Colorado far surpasses the national average of child abuse reports each year! Often these children in the “system” go without needed services when governmental resources are either exhausted or unavailable.

Barbara with the Jacob Center states,  “When there is no one else to turn to, the Realities For Children Emergency Fund is there!”

The Realities Ride logo is a Phoenix, first drawn by a young survivor of childhood abuse, as she felt this beast, rising from the ashes of its former life, best symbolized the new hope born in the lives of these children as they overcome their abuse.

Pre-register today for the ride of your life at www.realitiesride.com and help us give these children hope for a better life. Pre-registered riders also receive an extra drawing ticket for the custom paint job and a Realities Ride shirt (first 500 pre-registered riders). For more information about the ride, please call Realities For Children 970.484.9090 or visit www.realitiesride.com.

All Bikes and all Riders are Welcome – Where Every Mile Helps a Child!

Realities For Children is an alliance of local businesses working together to serve the needs of at-risk youth. This Colorado non-profit organization is designed to generate funding for abused and neglected children through community awareness and education, fundraising sponsorship, special youth opportunities and emergency funding and support.

The Realities For Children Emergency Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, a 501(c)3 charitable organizations.