'Here to support the vets:' 12th annual Big Unit Poker Run raises funds for Fisher House

MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds of bikers revved their engines for the 12th annual Big Unit Poker Run Sunday, Sept. 1. The proceeds benefited Fisher House Wisconsin.

Linda Martin

"I feel fantastic," said Linda Martin, rider. "I feel ready."

Motorcycle enthusiasts filled Milwaukee Brewing Company on Sunday morning, as hundreds of bikers revved their engines for a good cause.

"We're all here to support the vets," said Nancy Katner, rider. "We're all here to help Fisher House."

Fisher House is a home away from home for military members, veterans, and their families who need temporary housing while their loved one is treated at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.

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Bill Michaels

"We never thought it would get this big, and every year, we're more amazed -- which is fantastic," said Bill Michaels, organizer.

Michaels, a Milwaukee sportscaster, organizes the ride every year, making the most out of Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee Rally weekend. Several riders get their kickstands up for the Poker Run every year.

"I look forward to this," said Martin. "The weather is good. The rally is great."

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As hundreds of bikers rode off, it was the sense of unity for a good cause that made the most noise.

"It's when you look in the mirror and see 300 lights behind you," said Michaels. "That's pretty cool."

Sunday's ride stopped at several spots, and included a cigar tasting, breakfast, and a rooftop bar.

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