On July 25, 2020 the Des Moines Police Burial Association sponsored its third annul Poker Run with working partners Big Barn Harley Davidson
And Smokey D’s BBQ Restaurant. The event was held at the Big Barn.
In the attached photo retired DMPD officer for over 31 years is Mr. John Meeker. John’s career in Law Enforcement extends to over
44 years total. John is still a active member of the burial association and serves as our treasurer. John and his wife Sue lean on their
Many friends to make the Big Barn event the success it is.
Mr. Danny Bena = from Cedar Rapids, IA. = True Hero = more to follow on Danny.
This year’s event was combined with the Big Barns 2nd annual Harley & Hot Rod summer Celebration. This was the first time we have done this and it was a great success. We hope to continue the combined events in the future. Over 60 cars and 20 bikes were on display for the show and another 60 +
Motorcycles came to the event to ride in the Poker Run.
It was very hot day but the attendees stayed around to enjoy the music, raffle prizes, kids games, bouncy house, ice cream, food and drinks.
All guests enjoyed admiring the cars and motorcycles. Judging was done by our own Sergeant Paul Prarizek,
Whom had the tasks to pick the winners and award the prizes to the winners. One of our winners whom won the shotgun raffle, weapons donated by Scheels, even donated the weapon back to us, so we could raffle it again! This allowed us to double our funds raised for the Des Moines Police Burial
The highlight of the day was when a young man from Cedar Rapids came up to us to make a donation. Mr. Danny Bena
Asked his parents to bring him to Des Moines for this event. He prepared an envelope and drew a smiley face on it and wrote
“Thank You for what you do”. Inside the envelope was $40.00 that Danny had taken from his savings, money he had
Earned himself. Mom Debra, assured us, that this was hard earned allowance money earned by Danny.
A little about the family, Danny has autism and other birth challenges. Mom, Debra is fighting lung cancer. Dad, Dustin states that
Danny would not miss this event to make his donation. This family is stead fast law enforcement supporters.
This is what makes us have trust in mankind even in the most crazy of times.
This is a True Hero = Mr. Danny Bena
Danny is a follower of the website and facebook. If you would like to tell him thank you please post it on the site.
Also face book is available.
He deserves a Huge Thank You from all of us.
Thanks again DANNY, we appreciate your support and hard work on our behalf. If would like to mail
Danny a Thank You
at got them to where they are.
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