Ice cream poker run to help the fight against child abuse

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It was all about the fight against child abuse Sunday.

Riders came out in full force to raise money for the great cause.

It’s not your typical poker run with stops at different bars.

Riders Advocating Against Child Abuse (RAACA) holds an Ice Cream Poker Run every year to raise money for children for a brighter and safer future.

First stop, Sullivan’s Pub and Eatery in Erie, but that’s the only stop at a bar for this unique poker run.

Paul Fullerton says, “I’ve never seen an ice cream poker run.”

Jason Fenno says, “It’s just awesome. It goes to the ice cream shops and it’s completely kid appropriate.”

This run takes riders to different places around the region to indulge in ice cream and other goodies.

But it isn’t all about the sweet treats.

The 7th annual Ice Cream Poker Run raises money for RAACA of Erie’s mission.

Chris Falk says, “We are just here to give support to any child that needs our help. Sometimes a child doesn’t have such a big voice or they feel like they’re alone.”

Around 50 riders participating in this year’s poker run, coming from all over. Even one couple from Florida.

Lynnsie Fullerton says, “Just watch the news. There’s so many kids in the news getting hurt out there. It’s a good cause for the kids.”

Fenno says, “We like to make sure, you know, we can do everything in our power to help out an abused child, or an under privileged child.”

RAACA says this poker run raises thousands of dollars each year not only provide support, but also to donate money to children’s charities and provide any needs for the children they sponsor who have been victims of crimes.

But it is also raising money to build a remembrance wall with names of children who have unfortunately passed away from being abused.

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