Poker Run Raises Over $8,100 For Hospice

The story began when Jack Carlson drove his lawn mower around Mayville on Sundays, helping people.

“If Jack knew you needed help, he’d mow your lawn,” said Tom Przepiora, owner of this year’s event.

He would then stop by the American Legion.

Carlson inspired others at the legion to start a poker run, using lawn mowers.

Przepiora said, “The first year I think 65 people showed up, and Jack was there. We did a poker run, and all proceeds were going to go to Hospice.”

Those who took part decided to continue the tradition the following year, after Jack Carlson passed away. The following year it was renamed the Jack Carlson Memorial Lawn Mower Poker Run for Hospice.

The event has grown steadily since the first year. This year hit the biggest mark at 170 people who rode and participated. And, all money raised goes to Hospice of Chautauqua County.

Including this year’s donations, the legion has donated more than $26,000 to Hospice. Przepiora is quick to give credit to others who have stepped up to volunteer their time.

“We have numerous volunteers,” Przepiora said. “You’ve never seen anything like this in your life. The fire police guard the roads for us. And we have eight stops this year.”

Those stops include the House on the Hill, Watermark Restaurant, the Lakeview Hotel, the Boardwalk, Webb’s Restaurant, the VFW post in Mayville, Chautauqua Suites/Bellini Lounge, and then back to the American Legion for stop number eight.

This year, more people had fun with the event with riding horses, lawn mowers, tractors and four wheelers.

“We wanted to give to an organization that keeps all of the funding in Chautauqua County, and Hospice does just that,” said Przepiora.

Next year’s date is already set for Sept. 6. If you would like to make a donation in honor of the Jack Carlson Memorial Lawn Mower Poker Run, please address them to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood NY 14750 with a memo of Jack Carlson LMPR.