Whitehall poker run benefits co-worker

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 Messenger photo by Dianne Garrett
Whitehall service garage employees, including, from left, Jerry Huntzinger, Brad Gust, Steve Pope, Willie Ogg and Al Martin, are organizing a benefit poker run Sept. 15 for co-worker Mitchell Lewis, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The group wants to help defray medical expenses for their co-worker of nine years.

Whitehall service garage employees are rallying around one of their own to help him and his family through a difficult time.  

In recent weeks, Mitch Lewis, who has worked at the garage for nine years, was told by doctors that he has terminal lymphoma.   A few years ago, he beat cancer in his neck.  

On Sept. 15 his co-workers will sponsor a poker run to help raise money to defray some of Lewis’s medical expenses.   

Organizers Al Martin and Willie Ogg, and others from the garage are motorcycle enthusiasts, so it only seemed fitting.  Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 8794, 4100 East Main Street.  All bikes will leave at 12:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 solo, and $15 double.

Stops will include other VFW posts in Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Baltimore, Canal Winchester, and back to the Whitehall post for entertainment, food, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and more activities.  

The  "Mitchell J. Lewis Fund" has been established at the Whitehall Credit Union, and is accepting donations.

Also, there is a Longaberger basket and candle sale through Sept. 16, and a representative will be at the poker run.  All items will be priced between $13-$45 with 20 percent of all sales benefiting the Lewis fund.  

For information about donating to the bake sale, or about the Longaberger fundraiser, contact Julie Ogg at 571-7071.

For information on the poker run, contact Willie Ogg at 638-5620.

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