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HOG Rumbles In Village On Charity Ride

Dianne Strunk, left, and John Williamson arrive in Sanatoga during Sunday's Poker Run ride.

Dianne Strunk, left, and John Williamson arrive in Sanatoga during Sunday's Harley-Davidson motorcycle Poker Run ride.

Chrome gleamed in the spring sun.

Chrome gleamed in the spring sun.

SANATOGA PA – With deep-throated muffler rumbles and revved engines, members of the Valley Forge PA chapter of the Harley Owners’ Group (HOG) rode their Harley-Davidson motorcycles into Sanatoga early Sunday afternoon (May 17, 2009), during their annual Poker Run fund-raiser to collect foods for distribution by Happiness of Giving, an area charity.

The Rite Aid Pharmacy parking lot, at the corner of East High Street and North Pleasant View Road, was the staging area for more than a dozen of the big bikes as they made Sanatoga village one of several stops along a ride that began at 9:30 a.m. and was scheduled to end at 3 p.m. The weather seemed tailor-made for a country run, with bright sun, scattered clouds and pleasant temperatures.

Riders collect their cards.

Riders collect their cards.

“Isn’t it a beautiful day for a ride?,” Dianne Strunk, chief executive officer of the Eastern Technology Council in Plymouth Meeting PA, observed with a smile as she dismounted from a motorcycle driven by friend John Williamson of Phoenixville.

Along with other riders, the two took a short walk across the lot and down the driveway toward the village clock, where organizers had set up a small table. Spread out on its top were a pile of playing cards, all faced down. Each set of riders randomly chose and kept a playing card from each stop, assembling a poker hand throughout the day. Prizes were awarded at day’s end for high and low hands.

Sponsored by the Valley Forge Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycle dealership, the chapter is dedicated to enjoying and promoting a positive image of motorcycling. The group meets monthly, and schedules rides almost every weekend during spring, summer and fall.

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