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Mountain Motorcycle Club Raises Funds For Fire Capt. Pete Dern

MOUNTAIN AREA – The Coarsegold-based motorcycle club Sierra Shadow Casters (SSC) is hosting a “poker run” for critically injured Capt. Pete Dern of the Fresno Fire Department on Saturday, June 6.

The 75-mile Sierra Moonshine Poker Run is expected to garner hundreds of riders from the Valley and Mountain Area. Riders will leave the Woodward area in North Fresno and ride through Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and end at the popular Roadhouse in Friant.

At the Roadhouse, riders will be provided with lunch, live music, a huge raffle and a chance to win a 55-inch LCD Smart TV donated by Sam’s Club.

The SSC hopes to raise several thousand dollars for Captain Dern, who was critically injured while venting a roof on a house fire in Fresno on Sunday, Mar. 29. Pete fell through a collapsing roof into a burning garage. He was rescued within minutes, but not before sustaining 2nd and 3rd degree burns to over 70 percent of his body. Pete is currently in the burn unit at Community Regional Medical Center with a very long road ahead of him.

Paul Hall, Public Affairs Officer for the SSC, told Sierra News that “while there have been many fundraising events for Captain Dern, we hope to show him and all firefighters, how much the biker community appreciates their tireless efforts to protect our families.”

Bikers wishing to take part in this important ride can visit the SSC’s web site for more information or to register online at Please do so by June 1. Registration fees are tax deductible. Donation for the run is $30 for a rider only, $50 for a rider and passenger.

Riders will gather at the RiverView Shopping Center on Saturday morning, June 6, with check-in starting at 8 a.m., and the ride leaves at 9:30.

Participants are encouraged to visit the Facebook Event Page and to click on the “Going” button so the Dern family can track in real time the amazing support Captain Dern is receiving.

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