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PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERMembers of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club recently raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley in a poker run road rally that started and ended at the East Penn Diner. ABOVE: Cancer survivors Sam Mackaravitz, of Emmaus and Vanessa Stauffer join Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Blacksheep chapter members; “Bubblehead,” “Kroker,” “Duie” “Rotgut,”  Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERMembers of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club recently raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley in a poker run road rally that started and ended at the East Penn Diner. ABOVE: Cancer survivors Sam Mackaravitz, of Emmaus and Vanessa Stauffer join Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Blacksheep chapter members; “Bubblehead,” “Kroker,” “Duie” “Rotgut,” Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley bookkeeper Cathy Rawlings and her daughter Emma prepare for a trip around the parking lot with “Rotgut” and “Bubblehead.” Emma Rawlings, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, is a public relations intern at PCFLV. Copyright - © Ed Courrier Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley bookkeeper Cathy Rawlings and her daughter Emma prepare for a trip around the parking lot with “Rotgut” and “Bubblehead.” Emma Rawlings, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, is a public relations intern at PCFLV. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Members of the Blacksheep chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club give PCFLV volunteers a ride around the parking lot at the East Penn Diner prior to embarking on the poker run. Copyright - © Ed Courrier Members of the Blacksheep chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club give PCFLV volunteers a ride around the parking lot at the East Penn Diner prior to embarking on the poker run. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

IRON ORDER MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by ED COURRIER Special to The Press in Local News

Poker run raises funds to benefit Pediatric Cancer Foundation

A poker run hosted by the Iron Order Motorcycle Club raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley recently. Riders primarily from the Berks County-based Blacksheep chapter enjoyed sunshine and moderate temperatures for a scenic drive beginning at the East Penn Diner on Chestnut Street in Emmaus. After stopping off at Hannah’s Hanover Inn, Little Oley Tavern and Bally Hotel, the bikers returned to the diner.

Ody Draklellis, who co-owns the East Penn Diner along with his brother George, hosted a classic car show for PCFLV in 2016 and was eager to help out again with the poker run road rally.

“I love to do whatever it takes to help people out,” Draklellis said as he had sandwiches prepared for the event volunteers.

Each biker goes by a road name to preserve their privacy. “Duie,” the ‘state rep’ for the IOMC Blacksheep chapter said, “Each chapter is required to have a charity in their charter” for membership in this national motorcycle club. The Blacksheep have supported the PCFLV, “for the last six or seven years,” according to “Duie.”

Dean Ritter, of Orefield, an independent “lone wolf” biker, only rides for charity events. “It’s very, very rewarding,” Ritter said, a cancer survivor, “The people are the nicest people in the world.”

PCFLV is a local non-profit, dedicated to providing services and programs to local pediatric cancer patients and their families and survivors families.