The 15th annual Danielle Mitchell Memorial Poker Run, benefiting Make-A-Wish, took place almost a year ago on May 29, 2021.
The event raised $13,200, which was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia Erie Regional Office.
This money was used to grant the wishes of three local children with serious illnesses.
Over 15 years, the Danielle Mitchell Memorial Fund has donated over $90,000 to Make-A-Wish and helped grant wishes to 25 area children with life-threatening illnesses.
Unfortunately, due to health issues among members of the planning committee, last year’s poker race was decided to be the last, organizers said. The committee and volunteers have often received praise for the quality of the running and organization of the event. For this reason, the committee did not want to take the risk of not being able to meet these standards.
The Trustees of the Danielle Mitchell Memorial Fund expressed their gratitude to the committee members, volunteers and participants who have made the past 15 years possible.
However, not all will be forgotten. American Legion Post 381 in Cambridge Springs, in conjunction with American Legion Riders Chapter 381, has decided to host a new function in support of the Danielle Mitchell Memorial Fund, which donates all proceeds to Make-A-Wish.
Their event will be called Legion Olympics. The idea is for participants to go to pre-designated locations and play a game at each location. The games will consist of cornhole, horseshoes and other similar games. There will be music and food once back at post 381. All vehicles allowed on the street are encouraged. The event will take place on May 28, which, as the poker run took place, “Always on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.”
The aluminum can drive that raises money for the Danielle Mitchell Memorial Fund to benefit Make-A-Wish also continues. Cans can be dropped off on the side porch at 108 N. Main St. in Cambridge Springs, near the garage at 24209 State Route 408 in Cambridge Springs, or in the trash can behind the American Legion at 24642 State Route 408.
• More information: Call Tom at (814) 573-7641.