On Saturday, July 28, fun, food and furry friends are the focus of the first annual Caffeine for K9’s Poker Run to benefit the Greene County Animal Shelter. Contestants will start out at 10:30 am from the Greene County Animal Shelter, 641 Dayton-Xenia Road in Xenia. Entry fee is $25 and the last bike or car is out by 11:30 am.
Like a kind of motorized scavenger hunt, poker run players follow a predetermined course through five Greene County towns. Drivers will collect one card at each of the destination coffee shops in an effort to have the best hand at the end of the journey.
From the animal shelter, motorcyclists and car drivers will ride to Stoney Creek Roasters, 83 N. Main St. in Cedarville, then on to the Spirited Goat Coffee House, 118 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs.
From Yellow Springs they will proceed west to Expressions Coffee House, 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn, finally ending up at 4-Starters Coffee Cafe, 2495 Commons Blvd. in Beavercreek. Each biker / driver will receive free Boars Head hot dogs and coffee. The contestant with the best poker hand at the end of the run will win a flat screen television.
Event organizers Kathy Ramsey and her husband Jim are the owners of 4-Starters Coffee Café in Beavercreek. “The money we take in from the event will be used to purchase needed pet food and supplies for the animal shelter,” Ramsey says. “We want everyone to come out, enjoy the food, music and other activities and support the efforts of the shelter.” Specialties at 4-Starters Coffee Café include locally-roasted gourmet coffee, wine, soups, sandwiches and fresh baked goods.
The Greene County Animal Shelter is a 501c3, non-profit organization operating under Greene County Animal Control to efficiently and humanely implement progressive programs of animal welfare and population control and assist the public with animal related problems.
The facility is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6:30 pm and 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday from. They can be reached after hours by calling the Greene County Sheriff’s office or the local police department.
Amanda Wissinger is the shelter’s administrative support technician. “We are here to help as many animals as we possibly can,” she explains. “Unfortunately we are overpopulated but we do our best to find homes for the animals we take in.”
In addition to the poker run, 4-Starters will be hosting a variety of activities throughout the day including raffles, a silent auction, 50-50 drawing, music, food and more. For more information, contact Jim or Kathy Ramsey at 4Starters Coffee Café by calling 937-320-5866.