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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Inaugural Rich "Findog" Findley Memorial Foundation Poker Run

A “Poker Run” will be held to raise funds for the Rich “Findog” Findley Memorial Foundation. Rich Findley, a County Police officer and volunteer firefighter, lost his life in the line of duty (LODD) in June of 2008. This fundraiser will help to fund a program to benefit children dealing with grief over the loss of a parent.

Prince George's County Police Corporal Richard S. Findley was described in a magazine article, written by Karen L. Bune, as being “well known in professional circles for his unwavering dedication to his work, his friendly and warm personality, and his willingness to be a team player. He was full of life, but his life quickly came to an abrupt end on June 27, 2008 when he was killed in the line of duty.” Rich was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant and is missed from within the ranks of his Public Safety families. He was a 10 year veteran County Police Officer and a 20 year member of the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department. His extended families have vowed to never forget Rich.

The Karen Bune article contains an interview with Beltsville Volunteer Chief Al Schwartz as he remembered Findley. The article states, “For survivors to deal with the loss of a colleague, it is important for them to communicate with one another by sharing stories and recollecting fond memories. Chief Schwartz recalls that Findley could always make someone smile, and he was skilled at making noises that resembled, with high accuracy, the sounds of sirens, animals, and other things that would make people laugh. ‘He was the type of person who was always upbeat, cheerful, and goofy - all in one. His personality was one of a kind,’ says Schwartz.”

Findley's wife, Kelly, also served as a volunteer at the fire station, and she is now a LODD survivor with two young daughters - Lauren and Nicole. The loss of a colleague is devastating, however, the loss of a husband, best friend and father is unimaginable.

The Rich “Findog” Findley Foundation is a 501c3 organization formed to benefit children dealing with grief after the loss of a parent(s). Proceeds from this fundraiser will help to fund an equine therapy program. For additional information about Rich “Findog” Findley you can visit their website by clicking here..

WHAT: Inaugural Rich “Findog” Findley Memorial Foundation Poker Run

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2011, Registration starts at 8:30 am

WHERE: Harley Davidson/Buell of Annapolis, 30 Hudson Street, Annapolis

WHO: Family and friends of the Findley family, plenty of motorcycles and other vehicles.

A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles and other vehicles must visit five checkpoints and obtain a playing card at each one. The winner is the person having the best poker hand at the last stop. Cash prizes will be awarded.

There is an entry fee and cash prizes will be awarded. For additional information or to pre-register call Jeff Schreiber at 240-508-1957. A flyer is attached with additional information, for posting and to help spread the word about the event.

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