To The Editor,
On Sept. 30 Mahwah Fire Ladder Co. #2 held its first Annual Motorcycle Poker Run to benefit the Lt. Patrick L. Roe Scholarship Fund. In March 2005, Patrick was a leiutenant in the Fire Dept. when he died suddenly due to an accident. In his memory the members of Co. #2 started a scholarship fund which was given in 2006 to a Mahwah High School senior. Since that time, 17 scholarships have been awarded.
In past years the main fundraiser had been a basketball game between the firemen of Co. #2 and teachers from the Mahwah Schools. These fundraisers all have been very successful, but limited the amount of people that could actually participate in the event. Since many of the firemen, and also Patrick’s friends, ride motorcycles, the idea of the poker run started to take shape.
The Scholarship Poker Run attracted over 125 riders who registered at Mahwah Bar & Grill. The riders received directions that took them over 95 miles with stops in 3 other locations - Greenwood Forest Volunteer Fire Co. Highland Lakes Fire Dept. and The Oakland Fire Dept. Here the riders would pick a playing card that would make up a poker hand that would determine the winners. The final stop on the run was at The Mason Jar in Mahwah. Here over 250 people, beside the riders, came to have a great lunch, listen to some great live music by The Russell Clemens Band, and just enjoy the day with friends.
Our thanks go out to all the riders, friends, family and residents who came out that day to give their support. And special thanks to all of the local businesses that helped us make this event such a great success. A special THANK YOU to our sponsors: Bagel Express, Blimpie of Mahwah, Barry Clark & family, Baron Pools, Chris Howard & family, Cycle City of NY LLC, Cadillac-Hummer of Mahwah,Co. #2 Ladies Auxilary, Elkwood Construction, Ed Sinclair & family, F&M Motorworks, F&M Expressions, FJH Truck Repair, Friends of Patrick Roe @ Co. #2, Inserra Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Locomotion Powersports, Lisa DiGiulo & family, Joan & Pat Malone, Mahwah Bar & Grill, Mahwah Wine & Liquors, Master Fire Alarm, Mahwah Education Association, Mahwah Fire Dept. Board of Firematic Officers, Mahwah Fire Co. #1, Mahwah Fire Co. #3, Mahwah Fire Co. #4, Nagoya Restaurant, Ramapo Tree & Shrub, Ramsey Motorsports, Ramsey Rescue Squad, Saddle Brook Hook & Ladder #1, Saddle River Liquors, Superior Glass & Metal, Superior Trademark, Suburban Caps Inc., Troufer Construction, The Mason Jar, The Grille, The Fountain Spa, The Officers of Mahwah Co#2, The Untouchables Motorcycle Club, The Brewster Financial Group & VanNatta Mechanical Corp.
The 2nd Annual Lt. Patrick L. Roe Scholarship Poker Run is already being planned for next year so we hope with everyone’s support to make it bigger and better than this year's run.
The above was submitted as a Letter to the Editor.
Reminder: Mahwah Fire Co. # 1 is hosting a pasta dinner fundraiser Saturday. Get the details here.