The annual Tougher Than Hell Poker Run is coming, and as always, proceeds will help impact thousands of families. 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.
The Tougher Than Hell Motorcycle Rally is an event like none other. For more than 15 years, this has become one of the top rallies of its kind in the country. 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 Rally. 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.
One Event, Two Causes
In April of 2010, the Guts Distribution Center opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, 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 and ministered to every week. The Guts Distribution Center is the gateway to feeding so many in Tulsa and Skiatook areas.
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.
“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,” he recalled. “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.