Motorcyclists held a benefit Saturday to raise money for the EMTS injured in a Cass County, Nebraska crash three months ago.
The poker run started in Weeping Water. "Bikers are generous people and it's probably the best way to make money," said organizer Steve Hansen.
The Honor Valor Run Robert Hanes Memorial was dedicated to his friend, 51-year-old Bob Hanes of Weeping Water, a volunteer EMT driving an ambulance with two other EMTs, including his daughter, on the night of June 11th. A pickup hit the ambulance head-on along Highway 34 near Elmwood, killing Bob and the other driver, 24-year-old BJ Whitlatch of Syracuse, Nebraska.
"He was nice and happy-go-lucky, super nice guy," said Hansen.
"The Hanes family is a very caring family and always has been," said friend Dave Brouhard.
Participants registered at Weeping Water's Community Center where they could also buy baked goods. Those funds will also go to the patient the EMTS were transporting that night. "He (Luther Gunnels) and his wife are raising two grandchildren and times are tough for them," said Mary Crook, one of the bake sale organizers.
At each stop, poker players got a stamp. The last stop was at the Cass County Fairgrounds where the winner of the best poker hand won prize money. A concert featuring local bands was also held.
"We are going to keep this going every year," said Hansen. "The money next year will go into a fund for the Cass County EMT and the fire department."
Donations to the Hanes Memorial Poker Run may also be made at First Nebraska Bank in Weeping Water.