Pictured: The ringtail that will be present at the event.
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Annual bike run fundraiser to benefit Adobe Wildlife Center


PHOENIX – Enjoy a 100-mile scenic ride and help support sick, injured and orphaned wildlife at the 12th annual Bikers Soar for Wildlife Poker Run, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.

Along the way, participants of the family-friendly event will be treated to some of the Valley’s best scenic views, while supporting the care and rehabilitation of animals at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center.

“Funds raised by this event are essential to the operation of the Wildlife Center,” AZGFD Wildlife Education Program Manager Mike Demlong said. “We have always relied on the success of this event and participants to help provide the funding needed to care for wild animals in our care and to offer wildlife education programs throughout the state. Plus, this family friendly event provides the perfect outlet for everyone to see live wildlife up close, hear some music and just have fun.”

The ride begins at 9:30 a.m. at Arrowhead Harley Davidson at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, in Peoria and ends at the iconic Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse at 6823 E. Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

Throughout the route, riders will stop at designated locations to pull a playing card, with the high and low hands of five cards winning a prize at the end of the ride. Poker run players must be 21 years old, but participation is not required. Non-bikers are allowed to participate in the event.

The registration fee is $30 per rider or $40 per rider and passenger. Lunch is included in the fee.

The first 300 registrants will receive a free event T-shirt and ride pin. Registration at the event begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit the Wildlife Center’s volunteer auxiliary web site at www.azwildlifecenter.net or call (623) 277-6926.  

Founded in May 1983, the department’s Adobe Wildlife Center treats sick, injured and orphaned animals, and provides wildlife education to local schools and community events. The center’s mission is carried out with a small budget from the state’s Heritage Fund and public donations, making fundraising by the Auxiliary an important contributor to the care of the animals.