Signup's underway for 70-mile poker run

A poker run to benefit the non-profit organization Benefit Individuals Needing Medical Assessments (BINA) Foundation in Kent will be held Oct. 18 beginning in Gaylordsville.

Registration will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gaylordsville Market located at 1 Riverview Road and Route 7.

The 70-mile ride will begin in Gaylordsville, go through scenic towns in New York and the Northwest corner of Connecticut and end at the Northend Restaurant in Kent. Music by Sweetheart Mountain, food, raffle drawings and prizes for the best poker hands will be provided.

Motorcycle vendors are sought for the festivities.

The cost for the poker run is $20 for one rider and $10 for each additional rider.

Marilyn Gansel, founder of Fitness Matters in Kent, established the BINA Foundation in 2008 to help people who are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and who are underinsured or not insured.

The foundation's mission is to provide a medically supervised lifestyle modification program to prevent and reduce the risk of developing disease and to help control disease for individuals who also cannot afford access to health care.

The foundation's goal is to raise $20,000 so that two Individuals can be served by the foundation: one in Kent and another in Stamford.

Donations to the BINA Foundation may be made out to the foundation and mailed to the foundation, c/o Marilyn Gansel, 17 Woodin Road, Kent, CT 06757, or made online at

For information, call Ms. Gansel at 860-927-7913 or e-mail