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Veterans Helping Veterans ride for Hearts Toward Home International June 8

SMOKEY POINT — The third annual Veterans Helping Veterans Spring Run will start at Sound Harley-Davidson in Smokey Point and end at the Angel of the Winds Casino in Arlington on Saturday, June 8.

The pre-ride briefing is slated to start at 10:45 a.m., in time for the motorcycles to go out by 11 a.m. The casino will greet riders with a slot tournament, as well as a raffle and silent auction in its banquet room.

"We strongly believe that our community is not just where we live, but is the place we have chosen to make a home for our families," said Tracy "Chainz" Rowe, president of the Washington State Chapter B of the Warrior Brotherhood Veterans Motorcycle Club. "For this reason, we want to strengthen our ties within our community, and in doing so, provide assistance to the military community, veterans and their families."

The club is a nonprofit veterans organization, and the annual spring run's proceeds go to benefit Hearts Toward Home International.

"We have more than 60 items, valued in excess of $5,000, for the raffle and silent auction," Rowe said. "The more folks we get to attend, the more money we can raise for Dr. Bridget Cantrell, who was appointed the 2004 and 2008 Outstanding Female Non-Veteran, for her service to veterans, by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs."

Cantrell is the founder and CEO of Hearts Toward Home International, a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery and reintegration of trauma survivors. Since 2008, Hearts Toward Home International has been received the Best of Bellingham Award, in the Nonprofit Charitable Organization category, by the U.S. Local Business Association for three years.

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