June is a great time to get outside and enjoy the best of what South Dakota offers before the heat of the summer really kicks. There are two great ways you can do not just that, but help Make-A-Wish South Dakota at the same time. June 7 is the 3rd Annual Dakota Sioux Casino and Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson Ride For A Wish Poker Run in Watertown, and June 21 is the Country Tractor Run in New Effington.

Both events are great ways to get out and have fun while supporting Make-A-Wish South Dakota’s mission of granting wishes to children with critical illnesses.

Poker Run In Watertown

The Ride For A Wish Poker Run on Saturday, June 7th in Watertown is a fun and causal event that features a motorcycle poker run, concert and vendor booth spaces for local businesses. The mission of the event is to share the South Dakota hospitality and motorcycle culture, while helping Make-A-Wish. Sponsorship fees, booth fees, concert tickets and $10 of each registration fee will go directly to Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

The poker run registration fee is $30 and concert admission is $10 – and the concert is open to everyone, not just poker run participants. The poker run will start at 11:00 a.m. at Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson (1000 19th St SE, Watertown) and end at Dakota Sioux Casino (16415 Sioux Conifer Road, Watertown).

For more information on how to register or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Rhoda Rodriguez rhoda@dakotasioux.com or Tina Haug at thaug@dakotasioux.com.

Get Your Tractors Ready

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Country Tractor Run on Saturday, June 21 in New Effington. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at 303 Main St., New Effington. The run leaves at 9 a.m and will drive a 60-mile route returning back to New Effington around 5 p.m.

Registration is $30 per tractor and includes a photo of tractor and driver, Country Tractor Run t-shirt, and two supper tickets. To become a sponsor, the minimum donation is $50 with no limit. A sponsorship includes a 6″ X 60″ board on the trailer that gets pulled through the run and numerous parades and a spot on Country Tractor Run’s website.

Country Tractor Run is an event sponsored by the community of New Effington and is an annual event to raise money for Make-A-Wish South Dakota. The 2013 event raised $29,000!

Can’t Make Either Event? You Can Still Help Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish South Dakota has granted more than 1,077 wishes since 1984, with a plan to grant at least 70 more this year. When you participate in either the Ride For A Wish Poker Run or the Country Tractor Run, you are helping to make a difference in the lives of South Dakota children. Another way to make a difference is by donating an unwanted vehicle to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

Donated vehicles are recycled or auctioned off and the earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle are donated to Make-A-Wish and help to grant the wishes of local kids in South Dakota. It’s easy to donate! Cars, trucks, boats, campers — you name it, and we’ll accept it. Wheels For Wishes will accept vehicles even if they don’t run!

To donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, call 1-877-431-9474 or fill out an online donation form. Donating a car is easy and doesn’t cost a dime, but it could mean the world to a local child.