Poker run money puts Veteran’s Helping Hands Project a third from their goal

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Money raised from a first ever poker run in August brings a local veterans organization a third of the way to its goal.

The Keystone Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $2,800 to the Veteran’s Helping Hands Project at Rapid City’s VFW Post 1273.

The poker run money puts Helping Hands more than a third of the way to its $30,000 goal.

The project provides jobs and training to local vets suffering from PTSD.

“Our thrust is to go to where the rubber meets the road to help these guys,” said the founder of Veteran’s Helping Hands Project, Dave Gates. “To be able to take them out of the drug and alcohol rehab program in Hot Springs and to be able to have trained carpenters, journeyman electricians, plumbers. Take these guys under our wings and teach them how to build a home on every step of the process.”

The Keystone Chamber and the Helping Hands Project is pleased with the results of this year’s fundraiser, and they’re planning to grow the event next year.

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