Jose Rodriguez Poker Charity Run starts Saturday in Vail Valley |

Jose Rodriguez Poker Charity Run starts Saturday in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyJose Rodriguez died last June, but his family has started a charity motorcycle ride that raises money to help Vail Valley families and residents with medical expenses.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -Bikers and motorists can participate in a fundraiser Saturday to help residents and families in Colorado’s Vail Valley with medical expenses. The second annual Jose Rodriguez Charity Poker Run begins at the Gashouse in Edwards and will take riders and drivers through Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. Local Jose Rodriguez died of double pneumonia on June 4, 2008, and his wife founded the event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which helps locals with medical expenses. Rodriguez was an avid motorcycle rider, and could be seen throughout Colorado on his beloved black cherry Road King. He also never missed a Toys for Tots ride.Registration for the ride is at the Gashouse from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Riders will get information, maps and their first poker card. The route then goes to Past Times Bar in Leadville, The Moose Jaw in Frisco, The Saloon in Minturn and finishes at Finnegan’s Wake in Avon. Each stop will feature special menu items and drink specials. In addition, each establishment is making a contribution to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Finnegan’s Wake will also be the site of the after party, which is open to the public. The party will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and feature the band Hustle. Food & drink specials will be available. A $10 donation is requested.For further information please contact Beth Rodriguez at 970-471-1866 or Beverly DeMoss at 970-376-2454 and visit Contributions may also be made directly to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund in the name of the Jose Rodriguez Poker Run.

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