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Residents invited to cruise for critters

by d#x2019;ann Lawrence

Special Correspondent

Published: 19, 2014

RUSKIN #x2013; it#x2019;s a sleek Harley or a beat-up Volkswagen Beetle, are invited to rev up their preferred of transportation and participate in the inaugural for Critters Poker Run Saturday, 5.

The poker run is a first-time fundraiser for the Critter Adoption and Rescue no-kill animal shelter at 27th St. SE, Ruskin.

#x201c;Poker have become very said Sharon Becker, of the board of directors of CARE. a fun way to support a charity.#x201d;

Not only does the poker run bikers and car fanciers a chance to it gives participating businesses an to attract new customers.

Cruisin#x2019; for Poker Run participants will from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Dog 204 Shell Point Road W. where they#x2019;ll receive a T-shirt, score card and the first card for their hands. The registration fee for the 100-mile run is $25 per vehicle.

Starting at 11:30, will travel to three to collect more playing

#x201c;At each stop, can spend time socializing and a drink or bite to eat before on,#x201d; said Becker.

include Peggy#x2019;s Corral, U.S. 41, Palmetto; Woody#x2019;s Roo, 6717 18th St. and Uncle Mike#x2019;s Smokehouse, 106 Road 60 E. Plant City.

Riders will then to the final stop, The Alley at 10221 Big Bend Road, At 4 p.m. the winning hands be determined and a celebration will place.

#x201c;The Alley is a meal and CARE is providing and desserts for the participants,#x201d; said #x201c;There will also be and a disc jockey at the celebration.#x201d;

The winner will receive tickets to SeaWorld. The second-place will be awarded two tickets to Gardens. There will be other prizes, a raffle and drawing.

Based on pre-registrations, Becker she expects more than 75 at what she hopes will an annual fundraiser.

#x201c;We entirely on memberships, donations, and grants to operate the shelter,#x201d; Becker. #x201c;So fundraisers as this are very important to our

It#x2019;s a mission that became aware of five ago when her daughter, Karlye, a of Riverview High School, volunteering at CARE to earn service hours and gain to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

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was only 14 when she started so she had to be accompanied by a parent,#x201d; said

However, Sharon Becker volunteering at the shelter after her graduated from high and headed to the University of Florida.

#x201c;I just fell in with CARE, the animals and the she said. #x201c;It#x2019;s a small and we#x2019;re all very close. kind of like a family.#x201d;

In CARE has become a family for the Beckers. Karlye Becker to volunteer at the shelter on weekends and in the as does Sharon Becker#x2019;s Karl, and her other daughter,

#x201c;Love is the only free we can give the animals so we try to give as as we can,#x201d; said Becker, that her family has adopted dogs from CARE a pair of Labrador retriever/pointer and a blind cocker spaniel was discarded in a bag on the side of the road at the age of 3

#x201c;I was a little leery at about volunteering because of all the bad people do to animals,#x201d; said #x201c;But the first week I someone dumped a dog over the fence. He was in pretty bad shape. after seven months of and training, Gordon became an family pet.#x201d;

Becker seeing abused animals into loving pets is prompted her to continue volunteering after her daughter earned her service hours.

#x201c;Over I came to learn that, their stories can be heartbreaking, always a home for every

For more information on the poker call the shelter at (813) or visit

D#x2019;Ann White is a freelance writer who can be at

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