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15th annual motorcycle poker run to benefit longtime Truckee residents

Art and Stephanie Lopez (pictured here with family) have owned Shepherd’s Auto Body in Truckee the past 18 years.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Crew Motorcycle Club of Truckee is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. In addition, the crew is getting ready for its 15th annual Poker Run on Saturday June 6. It will start at El Toro Bravo restaurant in downtown Truckee and continue along the North Lake Tahoe loop, ending back at El Toro Bravo.

Last year, Crew MC raised $2,000 for the Dave Richardson Memorial Fund. Dave Richardson died in a tragic racing accident on May 25, 2013.

Thanks to our members, volunteers, local merchants and Truckee locals, it was one of our most successful runs ever. This year, Crew MC will be raising money for Art and Stephanie Lopez and one of our own members, Kraig (Steel) Selph.

Art and Stephanie came from San Leandro, Calif., in 1985 to make Truckee their home and have been local business owners for 18 years of Shepherd’s Auto Body. They’ve raised three sons and now enjoy spending time with their 13 grandchildren.

They are well known in the Truckee and Sierra Valley communities and are loved by many. In addition, they are members of the motorcycle ministry Bikers for Christ and are active members of the Calvary Chapel of Loyalton.

On Oct. 11, 2014, Art and Stephanie Lopez were involved in a tragic motorcycle accident while riding their 1992 Harley Heritage that Art built himself. Both had to be care-flighted to Renown Hospital in Reno.

Thanks to the miracle of the Lord, they both survived the accident. Art was hospitalized for 1 and a half months with a broken leg. Stephanie remained in the hospital for 2 and a half months, recovering from a head injury and amputation of her lower leg that was crushed in the accident.

For now, their son Jason helps keep the business going while Stephanie learns to adjust to her injuries. They have many medical bills and need help from all.

Kraig (Steel) Selph, a 15-year member of Crew MC, has been a longtime Truckee resident who worked for Caltrans and many other businesses and trades in the Truckee community.

While his daughter and grandson still live in Truckee, Kraig has moved to Jenner, Calif., where he is receiving medical treatment for a serious illness. He is also in need of financial assistance with his many medical bills.

This year, we pray for beautiful weather on June 6 as we ride again. All are welcome — no need to have a motorcycle, as cars and bicycles are also welcome.

In addition, you can participate on foot at El Toro Restaurant or Pastime Bar. Lunch is provided to all poker hand participants. Cost is $15 for singles and $25 for couples.

Please come out and enjoy this day with us. Sign-ups are 10 a.m. to noon at El Toro Bravo; kickstands down and raffle prizes are at 2 p.m.. Thanks to our generous local merchants, we will also have a silent auction this year. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please contact any of the following if you need further information: El Toro Bravo, 530-587-4774; Lefty, 530-913-6028; or Neon, 530-386-2775.