Poker run helps those who help us

News 18 This Morning talks to Delivering Smiles Tippecanoe

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – If you would like to give back to a group of people who dedicate their lives to protecting others, then Saturday is your chance to do it.

Delivering Smiles Tippecanoe is an organization of public safety workers — police and fire personnel — that raise funds for their fellow workers in times of dire need or emergency.

On Saturday, they will be having a poker run. The organization’s co-founders Tenecia Waddell and Michelle Zaremba appeared on News 18 This Morning to talk about it.

“[The poker run] is a motorcycle ride. It will take our riders about 120 miles through Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll and Clinton counties. Basically, they go to all the stops [and riders] get a card for each stop. Whoever has the best poker hand at the end wins a nice little prize package,” Zaremba explained.

“We spend a lot of time helping everybody else. That’s really all we think of. So when we are able to help our public safety brothers and sisters, it’s very much appreciated,” Waddell added.

Registration is at Lafayette Fire Station No. 9 at 1757 County Rd. S. 475 East. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and costs $25 per bike. The ride will take off from the station at noon.

The final stop will be the VFW Post 1154 at 2660 Duncan Road. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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