Fifth Annual Joe Neff Memorial Run slated for Saturday

It's time for the fifth annual Joe Neff Memorial Poker Run in which proceeds from the benefit will go toward a the annual Neff Scholarship for welding students. Joe Neff, who was a welder by trade and worked in Fort Smith and Tulsa and owned Neff's Welding in Poteau for years, was murdered in 2009. This year marks the fifth successful run in memory of Neff and the third year of the memorial donation to a local welding student. This years recipient of a Ranger 225 welder was James Pollard.The run is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at The Rock Bar on Dewey Avenue in Poteau. The ride begins at noon. Stops along the way will include Harvey's, State Line Bar, End of Trails Eatery, Ed and Linda's and ending at The Rock Bar. All riders will meet before noon at the Longbranch Saloon for a group photo before the run begins. The cost to enter the poker run memorial run is $10 per hand and organizers would like the public to know runs are for anyone and any kind of ride. Those who wish to join the ride but not participate in the poker run can ride free. Organizers have also arranged for a barbecue dinner, entertainment and a live auction during the event.For information about the memorial run you can contact Charles Loomis at (918) 647-6478.