Bikers raise awareness, funds for

Fall 2013

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Although it’s not unusual to see groups of students and doctors on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus, the group that assembled one summer morning behind the College of Allied Health might have garnered extra attention. Nearly a hundred motorcycle riders congregated in the college’s parking lot, revving their engines before heading out through downtown Oklahoma City.



And if the biker brigade drew even more attention upon their return to the HSC campus, so much the better, says Tatianna Proctor. The director of development for the College of Allied Health helped organize the Ride for Autism Poker Run to raise awareness and funds for the Oklahoma Autism Network. Bikers rode to a series of set locations, collecting a playing card at each stop with the goal of drawing the best hand by the end of the run.



This particular poker run was the result of collaboration between OUHSC and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Melton. The Meltons have organized similar events, with different beneficiaries each year. They decided not only to support the Oklahoma Autism Network this year, but also to make it an annual recipient of the run.



This particular poker run was the result of collaboration between OUHSC and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Melton. The Meltons have organized similar events, with different beneficiaries each year. They decided not only to support the Oklahoma Autism Network this year, but also to make it an annual recipient of the run.



The Ride for Autism brought in $5,000 for the Oklahoma Autism Network Fund at the University of Oklahoma Foundation. Just as important as the money is the visibility the poker run drew to what Proctor calls “a critical issue in society.”



“The college and the Autism Network have a three-fold purpose,” she said. “We want to help families of those with autism, individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and the professionals who serve them.”