Road Rally raises funds, awareness for land conservancy

The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy is working hard to make this year’s Poker Run Road Rally even more of a success than last year’s inaugural event.
‘It’s a fund-raiser, but it’s more like fun rising,? Karen Krigbaum, administrative coordinator, said.
This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, May 16. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at Mesquite Creek in Clarkston. Last year’s turnout of 35 ralliers is expected to increase to more than 50.
During the afternoon of rally fun, participants will be able to visit six of the 47 properties maintained by NOHLC in northwest Oakland County.
At each site, participants will randomly be given a poker card and directions to the next site. At the end of the race, whoever has the highest hand wins a $300 grand prize.
‘It’s a fun afternoon,? Krigbaum said.
The evening concludes with a dinner celebration at the Holly Hotel in Holly. The entire race should take about three hours, according to Krigbaum.
Not only do rally participants have a firsthand chance to learn more about the natural settings around them, but the opportunity to find out just how much NOHLC can do for the community.
‘A lot of people are surprised at properties that are preserved and are part of our community,? Krigbaum said. ‘Hopefully, people can get to know some of our members and the wide range of backgrounds.?
Money raised from the rally will benefit the purchase of new properties for NOHLC and public relations campaigns.
‘The people are so much fun,? Krigbaum said. ‘They really take an interest in our area.?
To learn more about the rally, call NOHLC at (248) 846-6547 or visit www.