Hogging the road to help others
Motorcycle ride to aid Barrow Habitat family

WINDER - Think of roughnecks and swine, and what comes to mind?

Tough farmers and livestock? A jailhouse barbecue?

Not even close.

Come Saturday in Winder, a posse of bikers with philanthropy in mind will take a ride that'll help put a roof over one Barrow County family's heads.

Put on by the Roughneck Motorcycle Club - comprised of law enforcement and military folks - the inaugural "Hogs For Habitat" poker run will roar out of Winder about 11 a.m.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. at Winder's downtown courthouse (30 N. Broad St.). From there, riders will snake through Auburn to Gainesville and at last to Lorena's Food and Spirits in Dawsonville, playing their poker hands along the way.

Cost is $25 per bike. All proceeds will help build Barrow County Habitat for Humanity's 11th home, which is slated for a family in need.

Organizers expect 200 bikes to participate. Their financial goal is $5,000.

"We're really excited about the poker run," organizer Sally Brown said. "We think it's going to be a lot of fun, and it will raise sorely needed money for Habitat."

The worldwide reach of Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the globe, providing more than 1.5 million people with shelter, according to the agency's Web site.

The cost of Habitat houses varies from as little as $800 in developing countries to an average of nearly $60,000 in the United States.

SideBar: If you go

· What: First annual "Hogs for Habitat"

· When: 10 a.m. Saturday (rain date, June 13)

· Where: Ride begins at Barrow County Courthouse in Winder

· Cost: $25 per motorcycle

· For more information: E-mail organizer Derek Ulrich at hogs4habitat