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Poker Run and Concert in Arlington This Weekend to Benefit Veterans in Need

Hope For Our Veterans event posterAn  poker run and rooftop benefit concert this weekend is aiming to help homeless veterans and prevent veteran suicide.

The Hope for our Veterans benefit starts 7 a.m. at the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. There, a group of veterans will do 22 pushups to signify the fact that, statistically, 22 veterans commit suicide each day.

The poker run portion of the charity event starts at 10 a.m. at the Iwo Jima memorial. During the poker run, teams drive or ride to five locations across Northern Virginia to draw one poker card.

The five locations are:

  • Crystal City Sports Pub in Crystal City
  • Walkers Grille in Springfield
  • Heritage Brewing Co in Manassas
  • Gypsy Soul in Falls Church
  • Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill in Courthouse

Poker cards may also be purchased for $20 each for those who don’t want to visit all the stops. All of the event’s proceeds go toward benefitting charities Operation Renewed Hope Foundation and Renovating Hope.

Organizers are hoping to attract Rolling Thunder participants — poker runs are popular among motorcyclists — but the event is open to bikers and non-bikers alike.

At 6 p.m., teams will convene on the Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill to present their poker hands. The best poker hand wins a 10-day trip to the Ala Moana Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii.

The concert portion of the event also begins at 10 a.m. at the Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill, and is hosted by former Yahoo! and TV Guide Channel personality Nikki Boyer. Artists such as McKayla Reece, Tommy Fields and Mars Rodeo will play until 1:30 a.m.

The concert is free before 2 p.m., after which tickets cost $25.

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