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Poker aids Guard vets suffering hardship

The Hiway House is hosting a fundraiser poker tournament Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. to provide a Christmas dinner and presents for Oregon National Guard families facing hardships.

Due to the government shutdown, the families who depend on guard weekend pay were denied paychecks, said Doug Kirchhofer of sponsor Northwestern Mutual in The Dalles.

Add that to their insurance being taken out of their December check and it has created additional hardship. About 45 local children and their families have been affect. The Guard dinner is scheduled during their drill weekend, Dec. 7, so this is the last opportunity to raise funds for this cause.

Buy-ins are $50 and available until the second break. Players get 5,000 chips, 25/50 blinds to start with blinds doubling every 20 minutes. Fifty percent of the buy-ins go back to the top 15 percent finishers, 50 percent to the fundraiser.

For information, or to donate a silent auction item, contact Dough Kirchhofer at douglas.kirch

hofer@nmfm.com or call the Highway House.

Volunteers are also seeking contributions for the drill weekend party itself. “We need to pay for spouses’ meals and provide each child with a nice gift,” said volunteer Carol Roderick.

Gifts for children are also being sought.

For more information, call Roderick at 541-296-6517.

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