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Tallmadge -- The Lance Cpl. Daniel "Nate" Deyarmin Jr. Memorial Benefit Run is commemorating its 10th consecutive year raising money for veterans and their families.
This year's benefit is set for June 8 at Tallmadge Middle School, which is located at 484 East Ave.
The Motorcycle Poker Run registration starts at 9 a.m. The first bike out will be at 10:30 a.m., and the last in will be at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for drivers and $10 for passengers. Food is included in the ticket prices.
Nate Deyarmin, a 2002 Tallmadge High School graduate, was killed while serving as a Marine in Iraq in 2005. He had a significant interest in working on and driving cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Each year his parents, Edie and Dan, honor his memory by putting on the event. All proceeds are used to help disabled/disadvantaged American veterans and their families.
This year's benefit will be similar to those in the past as far as format.
"We would have a hard time outdoing last year's because it was great," said Edie.
Participants in the Poker Run will enjoy a different route, the details of which won't be revealed until that day. Edie said the estimated 115-mile course throughout the Akron/Canton area will be a "fun ride for the riders."
During the opening ceremony, the Color Guard will present the colors at 10 a.m., and all veterans in attendance are invited to participate. Brimfield Township Police Chief David Oliver is scheduled to speak, and Tallmadge High School Band Director John Lenzo and his daughter will sing the national anthem.
Registration for the car and truck show starts at 1 p.m., and the show begins at 2 p.m. The first 100 vehicles to register will receive dash plaques.
The Honor Wall, a long sheet of rolled and laminated paper that features photos and information about servicemen and women, whether living, deceased or currently serving, will be another highlight.
"Each picture that we get gets put up year after year so it never goes away; it's always on there," Edie said. The first section of the Honor Wall was 25 feet long, she said, and so far this year, it measures 200 feet long.
Music, raffles, door prizes and trophies also will be part of the benefit at its home base at the middle school.
About 1,500 people in total are expected to attend, and the fundraising goal is about $30,000. Last year, the benefit raised about $35,000, Edie said.
More information, including directions and the opportunity to pre-register, can be found dndfund.org. Or, call 330-608-8695 or look up the benefit's page on Facebook: "LCpl Daniel 'Nate' Deyarmin Jr. Memorial Benefit Run."
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