This year the annual Tougher Than Hell event will host a Poker Run on June 6th, and proceeds will help more people in need than ever before. Funds raised go to support starving children in LaGonave, Haiti, as well as families locally in need in the Tulsa, Skiatook, and surrounding communities through the Guts Church Distribution Centers in Tulsa and Skiatook. And, new this year, TTH is partnering with Folds of Honor to help our military heroes.
The Tougher Than Hell Poker Run is a poker run like none other. It’s an annual event that has become one of the top rallies of its kind in the country. Now in its 15th year, TTH has grown to become a weekend event attracting thousands of bike enthusiasts with world-class entertainment, a thrilling ride, and a worthwhile cause.
It’s the cause that has driven the success of the Tougher than Hell Motorcycle event. Every year, the event raises awareness and much-needed funds that provide food, water, and medical supplies to La Gonâve, Haiti, an impoverished island off the coast of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. This year, proceeds from the event will also help fund the Guts Distribution Centers in Tulsa and Skiatook. Families in these communities receive free groceries, shoes, and clothing every Friday as a result of these outreaches. And, new this year, proceeds will also go towards honoring and supporting our military veterans through the Folds of Honor organization.
One Event, Three Causes
In April of 2010, the Guts Distribution Center opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, it has grown to serve over 1,000 families every week. These families leave with a week’s worth of groceries, shoes, clothing, toys, and much more. Most importantly, they hear the Word of God, participate in worship, and learn how to better their lives. People are prayed for, healed, and ministered to every week. The Guts Distribution Center is the gateway to feeding kids in Tulsa and Skiatook.
The CAUSE for the Rally came during a visit by Pastor Bill Scheer of Guts Church to the island in 2002. On that trip, Pastor Bill was confronted with the overwhelming poverty he saw. He recalls, “Why did we decide to help the people of La Gonâve? It’s simple. Because I saw the need…children with hair yellowed by malnutrition, many of them sick from drinking dirty water, no shoes, eyes filled with hopelessness. I knew we had to help.” Since then, proceeds from the Rally have funded the purchase and operation of a drilling truck that has drilled close to 100 fresh water wells on the island. Each well provides fresh drinking water to thousands of people. The Rally has also funded the construction of a medical clinic, a school, and several feeding stations that each feed over 1,000 children every day.
This year, the TTH poker run will honor and help support another group of people – Heroes. Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of ten do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. These help support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization is proud to have awarded over 7,500 scholarships, including over 2,000 in 2014 alone.