STEUBENVILLE - Carlene and Kenny Horner have been organizing the annual Bikers for the Prevention of Breast Cancer Poker Run for the past seven years.
It is a personal mission for the Horners.
"Kenny's sister died on June 25, 2000, so we got involved in the poker run. Then Rick Diegez who organized the event every year said he was leaving the area and knew we supported the cause and asked us to take over this poker run. We were honored to be asked and we do this in the memory of Joy Horner Masterlasco and all the people who have died or suffered from this terrible disease," explained Carlene.
BIKERS AGAINST BREAST CANCER — Kenny and Carlene Horner, left, along with JoJo DiAlbert of the Spot Bar hold a banner promoting the Bikers for the Prevention of Breast Cancer Poker Run set Oct. 6. The event will start at noon at the Spot Bar in Steubenville. - Dave Gossett
"We have been organizing the poker run for the past six years, and from June until October we are very involved in every detail. The first week of October is kind of a let down because we live and breathe this event, and then it is over for another year," she added.
JoJo DiAlbert of the Spot Bar said he supports local events that promote a good cause.
"I know the fight against breast cancer is ongoing. Cancer is the No. 1 killer in the world and everything we can do to help the cause is important. I have two daughters so I guess I think about breast cancer a little more," explained DiAlbert.
"Anytime you can be a part of something like this, it is an honor. I fully support this event and hope to see a good crowd come out that day in support of the Bikers for the Prevention of Breast Cancer," noted DiAlbert.
"Fourth Street in front of the Spot Bar will be blocked off on Oct. 6. The event will start at noon and the bikes are out by 1 p.m. and back around 4 p.m. We will be serving the food as the bikers return to the Spot Bar," noted Kenny.
"All of the proceeds from the day will stay local and go to the Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition," said Carlene.
"This isn't just for bikers. We are inviting anyone and everyone who is against breast cancer to join us at the Spot Bar. Monetary donations will mean the sponsor's name will be placed on a banner. Donations of $25 or more will have their name on the banner at the Spot Bar for the entire month of October," said Carlene.
"And if you don't ride a bike but want to be part of the run, you can drive your car behind the bikes. The admission to the event is just $10 a person," said Kenny.
"This is such an important cause. We usually average between 40 to 70 bikes in the poker run. But my personal goal this year is to see 100 bikes participate in the poker run," Carlene said.
The Horners said two Dave Barnhouse prints will be auctioned off during a live auction, and a silent auction also will be held at the Spot Bar.
"The prints will be framed by Nelson Arts and Gifts so they will be ready to place on a wall immediately," added Carlene Horner.
"We will also have a disc jockey from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and starting at 7:30 p.m. the White Collar Criminals Band will be providing some very good live entertainment. They play classic rock and dance music and are a very entertaining group. We are inviting everyone in the community to join us for the poker run and also for the entertainment. All of the money we raise that day will stay local and will be used to help women and the fight against breast cancer," stated Carlene.