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Poker run a winning cause for Thomasville firefighters

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Kim Doyle WilleParticipants check for winning poker hands at last year's poker run and chili dinner to raise funds for the Thomasville fire station.

THOMASVILLE ” An annual poker run to raise funds for the Thomasville firehouse and to honor a fallen firefighter will be held Sunday, March 1, in the upper Fryingpan Valley.

This will be the 10th annual poker run and chili dinner. The event was originally created as a fundraiser for the Thomasville fire department. For most of this decade, proceeds have also gone to the Vincent Paul Thomas Memorial Fund. Thomas was a former firefighter and emergency medical technician who was shot to death in 2001. He was off-duty, helping a woman in a domestic dispute, when he was killed.

The poker run and dinner has evolved into a community event that upper Fryingpan residents and their friends from the valley floor look forward to, according to Rachel Thomas, a volunteer firefighter and Vince Thomas’ sister-in-law.

“Everybody comes together from Thomasville and Meredith and puts it on,” she said. “Everybody knew Vince.”

Poker run participants on snowmobiles will register at Elk Wallow Campground between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per adult and $15 for children, ages 10-14. The entry fee includes the chili dinner and one poker hand for a chance at first-, second- and third-place prizes.

Snowmobiliers will drive to various points to draw a card. The snowmobiling is optional. Participants also can purchase poker hands and stay in the comfort of the Thomasville fire station. An unlimited number of poker hands can be purchased.

The check points for snowmobiles close at 12:30 p.m. Poker hands must be submitted at the fire station by 3:30 p.m. The chili dinner will be held at the fire station from 2 to 4 p.m.

Anyone with questions can call John Vasten at 927-1246 or Lloyd Strobeck at 927-5295.

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