Motorcyclists and those who just want to come out and support an important cause are invited to the 2nd Annual Tyler's Light "Poker Run" Sunday, Sept. 22.
The event will help raise money to support the continuing efforts of the Tyler's Light organization to equip the youth of Pickerington and Fairfield County with the resources to help them choose a drug-free life.
Tyler's Light President Wayne Campbell said the Poker Run is conducted with the assistance of the Street Guardians, a motorcycle club comprised of former and current law enforcement members.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a $5 breakfast buffet at the Pickerington American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road.
Riders will leave from Post 283 at noon and travel to other area American Legion halls, including those in Lithopolis and Lancaster, before returning for about 5 p.m. for a dinner and live music at Rule 3, 650 Windmiller Drive in Pickerington.
The cost for the Poker Run is $15 per motorcycle and $5 per rider.
Campbell said the event will serve a two-fold purpose in raising both money and awareness.
"The way I look at it is it's more awareness," he said.
"This is a different group of people that ride. These are not necessarily the same people you see running the (Tyler's Light) 5K," Campbell said.
"We're reaching a different group of people to spread the word," he said.
Campbell said non-bikers who simply want to enjoy the breakfast buffet or go "to Rule 3 later in the day to listen to the live band" are also welcome to attend.
He said the band, Vision, is a 1970s and 80s rock band with three female singers.
"They're good," Campbell said.
"They're basically donating their services. This issue has touched their family too," he said.
Donations to Tyler's Light are needed now perhaps more than ever as the Pickerington-based organization tries to fulfill its grass-roots philosophy of reaching out to as many people as possible, Campbell said.
"We buy wristbands by the 10,000," Campbell said. "We have to pay for literature, travel, hotels.
"We just got a request to go to Indiana to speak to a school.
"This thing just continues to grow," Campbell said.
The organization also recently celebrated the grand opening of its home office at 1262 Hill Road North in the Brookview Village Plaza in August.
"The grand opening was awesome," Campbell said.
"We had 70 people, and that was just by invitation only," he said.
Tyler's Light was founded nearly two years ago, dedicated to the memory of Tyler Campbell, who was 23 years old when he died of an accidental opiate overdose July 22, 2011.
The organization seeks to become a resource for those suffering from drug addiction.
For more information about Tyler's Light, go to tylerslight.com.