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Motorcycle run, car show to aid nonprofit
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Ride for Recovery

What: 85-mile poker run motorcycle ride, car show at Murrayville Community Park at 3 p.m.

Registration: For motorcycle run, 8:30-10 a.m., First Baptist Church of Gainesville; for car show, 9-11 a.m., Murrayville Community Park

Friends of Recovery

Plenty of gleaming chrome and tricked-out rides should be on display today in the second annual Ride for Recovery.

An 85-mile "Poker Run" motorcycle ride starts this morning in Gainesville with stops along the way in Cleveland, Dahlonega and Dawsonville, to end at the Murrayville Community Park at 3 p.m. The park also is host to the inaugural Muscle, Antique and Custom Car Show, where judging categories will include "loudest car stereo" and "hydraulics in action — make it bounce."

The poker run and car show benefit Friends of Recovery, a nonprofit organization that provides no-interest loans and other assistance to participants in the drug and accountability courts of Hall and Dawson counties. There are about 500 people who are going through substance abuse or mental health treatment as a condition of the specialized courts. Friends of Recovery provides help with transportation, rent and other essentials for people in the programs.

Friends of Recovery Chairman Mike Wilcoxson said he expects a good turnout for today’s fundraising events, which will include prize drawings and concessions.

"We’re hoping for at least 200 riders and 150 cars," he said.

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