Cops and Choppers
Law enforcement association plans �Blue Hawg Ride� to aid county�s drug education program
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association is readying for the Blue Hawg Ride and Poker Run, an all-day event on Saturday, Oct. 29, to raise funds for the Hopkins County DARE Program. Pictured are HCLEA members and Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Findley, Cpl. Richard Greer who is the DARE officer, Investigator Lewis Tatum, Cpl. Chris Hill, Civil Process Officer Bobby Neal, Deputy Brad Horton and Chief Investigator Andy Chester.
Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Oct. 23, 2005 -- Rev up those motors, shine the chrome and get ready for a fun ride at the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association Blue Hawg Ride and Poker Run for Hopkins County DARE next Saturday.

The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with registration by Kids Kingdom in Buford City Park, and will wrap up around 4 p.m.� back at the park. A $15 fee will be charged per hand, and all bikes, trikes and similar rides are welcome, according to Cpl. Richard Greer, Hopkins County DARE officer.�

Maps and registration forms will be available at the city park the morning of the event, and the first 100 to register will receive a commemorative Blue Hawg vest patch. T-shirts, food and beverages will also be available at the event. Door prizes and raffle drawings will be conducted at the end of the day, with payout to the top two hands and the lowest hand in the poker run.

The ride and poker run will depart from city park and include seven stops over approximately 120 miles through Hopkins County.

The event is one of a few fundraising efforts conducted this year to benefit the Hopkins County Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program. Aside from a small amount allocated to the program by the sheriff's office for the DARE officer's salary, the Hopkins County DARE program relies almost exclusively on fundraisers and donations to fund the program, which educates about 250 youths in six county school districts annually.

More information can be obtained at registration Oct. 29 or by contacting Greer at Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, 903-438-4040.

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