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POKER RUN BENEFITS PROJECT LIFESAVER

Tazewell, VA (WVVA) Bringing loved ones home is the mission of Project Lifesaver. Since 2014, the Tazewell County Sheriff's office has used this program to help locate “at-risk” individuals who may have gone missing. Saturday, 39 Jeeps with the Blue Ridge Jeep Club of the Two Virginias raised nearly a thousand dollars during their second poker run to fund the purchase of new Project Lifesaver transceiving equipment. TCSO relies solely on donations and fund-raising to buy all the equipment necessary to operate this crucial service. Each kit costs $300, and keeps the transmitter running for a year.

After traversing Tazewell County, the poker run wrapped up at The Back of the Dragon center in Tazewell for a "show 'n' shine", food, music, and raffle prizes. Curtis Shrader won the poker run with five clubs, and received 30% of the money. Mr. Shrader immediately donated his winnings back to the Sheriff's Office. The recovery rate of the Project Lifesaver Program is approximately 90%.

Matt Irvin

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