The New Albany Police Foundation is supporting Sunbury Police Chief Pat Bennett and his family with the Bucket Run, the foundation's inaugural poker run.

The New Albany Police Foundation is supporting Sunbury Police Chief Pat Bennett and his family with the Bucket Run, the foundation's inaugural poker run.

Foundation president Joe Duff said Bennett's 14-year-old son, P.J., recently was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma, which affects bone and soft tissue in children and young adults.

P.J. was diagnosed in December, Bennett said. He is being treated locally at Nationwide Children's Hospital and participating in a vaccine trial at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. Bennett said the family travels to Bethesda every other week and stays the entire week for P.J.'s treatment.

Part of the proceeds from the poker run will be used for the travel costs associated with P.J.'s treatment.

"We wanted to raise some money for them," Duff said of the Bennett family.

The poker run will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Rusty Bucket restaurant locations in central Ohio. The rain date is Aug. 20. Participants can buy tickets at all Rusty Bucket locations or at myrustybucket.com. The entry fee is $20 per motorcycle and $10 for each additional rider.

Cars also are allowed to participate, Duff said.

The Bucket Run will begin at the Rusty Bucket in Westerville. Riders will be encouraged to stop at other Rusty Bucket locations and pick up a card at each one. They will end the ride at A.D. Farrow Co. Shop at Northstar, 7754 state Route 37 in Sunbury, where they will reveal their poker hands. The person with the best hand will receive $400, the second best will receive $75 and the third best will receive $25.

The Bucket Run also benefits the Rusty Bucket Ohio ProStart Scholarship Fund through the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The ProStart program helps develop "the quality and employability of today's high school restaurant management and culinary arts graduates by providing them with training related to important management and practical skills, as well as opportunities for career exploration and higher education," according to the Rusty Bucket website.

The New Albany Police Foundation became a nonprofit organization last year, Duff said. He said the organization is more than 13 years old and was originally called the New Albany Police Benevolence Fund. Because the word "benevolence" can be associated with unions, Duff said, the group decided to change the name.

By also filing for nonprofit status, the group can accept funds from more sources and offer a tax incentive in return.

"This opens the door for us," Duff said. "We're trying to reach out and get support."

Duff said funds collected support some New Albany police programs, such as the mounted patrol. Eventually, the foundation would like to set up a scholarship program, he said.