It’s the time of year for giving, and the Law Dogs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club is ready to give come Saturday, Nov. 10 as they host their annual marble run to benefit the Cooke County Littlest Angels program.
Tony Dresser, Sergeant at Arms with the Law Dogs, said registration begins at 9 a.m. at Outdoor Powersports, 900 North I-35 in Gainesville, and the first 100 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. The cost is $25 per rider or a new, unwrapped toy valued at $25.
“Kickstands up at 10 a.m.,” Dresser said.
Don’t have a motorcycle? Not a problem, says Dresser. The marble run is open to anyone who wants to participate. However, he did say that he doesn’t suggest riding a bicycle because one probably won’t be able to keep up with the pace.
A marble run is the same as a traditional poker run, but with marbles, event organizers said. Throughout Cooke County, there will be stops where participants draw for a colored marble. Each color is worth a certain value and at the end of the ride the person with the highest score wins.
Dresser said the first prize is $500 cash and the second prize is $200 cash. There will also be drawings for prizes during the event.
He estimated the 90-mile ride would take two to three hours. He said it includes stops in Callisburg, Lake Kiowa, Era and ends with a “scenic route through Myra” back to Outdoor Powersports where a meal will be served.
Last year, about 120 people participated in the marble run which helped raise $6,500 for the Littlest Angels, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to help families who could not afford presents for their children.
Littlest Angels is under the umbrella of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cooke County, officials said.
Misty Dill, vice president of program services with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cooke County, said the Law Dogs are a “tremendous help” to the organization in meeting its goals for the Littlest Angels program.
“The community has always embraced this program, and with the help of the Law Dogs, every child gets a Christmas,” Dill said.
In 2017, 438 children were enrolled in the program, according to a previous report in the Register.
Dresser said the event has been held since 2003 and that it’s the Law Dogs’ largest fundraiser of the year.
“This has been a cornerstone of our chapter,” Dresser said. “We are proud of it.”