Feb. 13, 2014
Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski smiles as he leans on his Harley Davidson before the opening Mass for the second annual Archbishop's Poker Run charity ride. (CNS/Tom Tracy)
By Tom Tracy
Catholic News Service
PARKLAND, Fla. (CNS) -- Local computer systems engineer Pierre Victor's Italian-made MV Agusta F4 motorcycle was evidence that almost any hobby or special interest can be an intersection for faith-sharing and awareness raising for a good cause.
"This ride was important to us and it has been very spiritual," said Victor, a native of Haiti who is active in Emmaus ministry at his parish, Mary Help of Christians. The church was the starting place and site of the opening Mass for the Poker Run event Feb. 9 led by Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and in support of St. Luke's Addiction Recovery Center.
This year's Poker Run was a 72-mile charity ride from Parkland to Cutler Bay and featured several stops along the way where participants picked up a poker card toward a $500 gift certificate for the winning hand.