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June 6, 2014

Poker run to benefit Alex Workman Memorial Fund

After five years of hosting a 5K walk to raise awareness and monies to assist local children with autism, this year a Poker Run will be held as a means to generate funding for the Alex Workman Memorial Fund.

This year’s event will be held June 21 at the Rushville Eagles Lodge. The two-hour signup for the ride will be held the day of the ride beginning at 10 a.m. with riders departing at noon. Following the ride, bikers will return to the Eagles for dinner, an auction and an evening of entertainment. The cost is $15 per bike with an additional $5 for additional riders.

Workman was fatally injured in a 2009 snowmobile accident. At the time of his death, Workman was eight years old and a student at Mays Elementary school. Prior to entering public school, Workman was diagnosed with autism.

Autism is a disorder of neural development and is generally characterized by verbal and non-verbal communication, repetitive behavior and difficulty with social interaction with others.

There are a wide range of variables affected by autism and is frequently noticed during infancy. Autism is not distinguished by a single symptom, although nearly a third of those afflicted are unable to communicate properly to meet their daily communication needs.

In 2009, Workman’s parents Robert and Angela established an endowed the Alex Workman Memorial Fund with the Rush County Community Foundation. The fund was established to support the needs of families who have children with Autism or Rush County teachers who work with children with autism.

Annual distribution of monies are awarded through a competitive grant process, with distribution to the grantee by June 1 of each year.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.

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