Bicycle Poker Run will benefit Children's Heart Foundation

News-DemocratMay 16, 2013 

A Bicycle Poker Run will be held at 10 a.m. June 2 in Belleville to help raise funds for the Children's Heart Foundation.

The event is part of a Bicycle Poker that has been held by MoJac's in Belleville for 27 years. In recent years the event has been staged to raise funds for different charities and this year the Children's Heart Foundation was chosen in honor of Oliver "Ollie" Hinkle.

Among the Belleville bars participating in the event are MoJac's, Friday's, Sullivan's, Big Daddy's, Seven, d.s. Vespers and Centerfield. The event will proceed throughout the day.

To register or for more information,email Chris Pondoff at cpondoff@gmail.com. Fliers with information are also available at each of the participating bars.

Local radio personality Kevin Slaten will be doing his show live from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Friday's in Belleville on AM-1190 to help publicize the event.

The entry fee is $25 per person, which includes dinner and a T-shirt, and the money will be collected at Friday's on Illinois 159. Five dollars from each entry will go to the Children's Heart Foundation in honor of Ollie Hinkle.

Ollie Hinkle was born in November, 2011 to Mark and Jennifer Hinkle, formerly of Godfrey. Ollie was diagnosed with a hole in his heart the size of nickel, called a ventricular septal defect (VSD). His medical problems and complications gradually worsened and he died Jan. 3, but not before touching the lives of everyone he came into contact with in a positive way.

As a result, his parents and others decided to try to raise funds for research into congenital heart defects. During Ollie's life, more than $3,000 was raised for The Children's Heart Foundation and since he died more than $13,000 in donations have been raised.

Research has shown that congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in America, affecting one in 100 or approximately 40,000 newborns each year.

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