Early intervention services for children get boost from ‘Red Mountain Poker Run,’ car show

Composite image using 2018 file photo of car show held in Washington City, Utah, Oct. 19, 2018, with overlay courtesy of Pxhere, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The “Red Mountain Poker Run” will be held Friday to support a local nonprofit organization that provides early intervention services to children throughout Washington County and beyond.

Flyer for the “Red Mountain Poker Run” | Image courtesy of Darren Nuttall, St. George News

The run departs at 5:30 p.m. from the Root for Kids facility at 2044 Mesa Palms Drive in Washington City and will wrap up at the Koral Kafe Lounge at 2400 Town Center Drive in Washington City, where a “Show ‘N’ Shine” car and bike show will be held at 7 p.m. for guests to enjoy music, food, a beer garden and a prize drawing.

More than $6,500 in cash and prizes, donated by 42 different companies, will be awarded, event creator Darren Nuttal said.

The poker run is an opportunity to take a ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Washington County and at the same time raise funds for Root for Kids, which provides early intervention and early Head Start services to Washington County families that are experiencing challenges such as a developmental delay or disability, poor health, poverty or a less than optimal home environment.

“Root for Kids has amazing programs in place to assist them,” Nuttal said.

Root for Kids was launched in 1994 in St. George and has since branched out to other locations in Southern Utah and Mohave County, Arizona. The organization offers a number of programs, including the Caterpillar Clubhouse, Early Head Start, Early Intervention, health services and a music and play studio.

Friday’s event is being organized by by Car Guys Care, Desert Sports Management and Nevada Rides, a car group that travels the country participating in fundraising events, car shows and poker runs at various locations and typically support events scheduled in an area the group plans on passing through.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the cost to register is $30 for the first car or motorcycle and the cost for a second hand is $15. Registration can be completed online or on the day of the event from 4-6 p.m. Everyone who registers will get a free T-shirt and goody bag.

Event sponsors include Koral Kafe, Port of Subs, Clear Bra, Open Road, Fabulous Freddy’s, Tunex, KDXU radio and Magleby’s.

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