CANYON CITY – This year’s Aces for Faces poker run riders faced wind, chilly temps and some rain – all for a good cause.
Last Saturday’s event, organized by Mike and Karen Westmoreland, drew 38 riders – and a couple of superheros.
The event, in its the fourth year, supports Faces of Tomorrow, a nonprofit medical mission organization that provides cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing nations.
Riders drove a loop to Prairie City, Seneca, Murderers Creek, Fields Peak and back to Canyon City.
At a lunch stop in Seneca, they were greeted by “Batgirl” and “Wonder Woman” – women who don costumes to provide comedy and entertainment at nonprofit fund-raising events.
It’s likely the last time the event will be held locally as the Westmorelands recently moved from Canyon City to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where Karen has taken a nursing job working with newborn babies. She previously worked at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.
They plan to continue Aces for Faces in Cour d’Alene.
Karen has made several Faces of Tomorrow trips along with other BMH nurses, including Barb Northington.
Northington said Saturday’s event, which included a silent auction, brought in enough to cover the cost of surgery for 22 children.
“I am always blown away by the outpouring of love and support that these bikers give,” she said.
Next March, Northington and Westmoreland will be joined by Nancy Crisler, Suzie Hood and Becky Brown for a trip to Legaspi, Philippines.
“It’s a good-sized city,” Northington said. “We see the very poorest of the poor.”
This will be the second trip to Legaspi for Westmoreland and Northington.
Northington said they felt discouraged at times on that trip because they couldn’t help all who needed assistance.
“But you changed those lives forever, those ones that you did fix,” she said. “That’s 70 some-odd lives those lives are changed forever.”
She said one rider said people should “give up their lattes and give a little something.”
“We each have a part that we play to make life better for some people,” she said.
Donations to Faces of Tomorrow may be dropped off at Blue Mountain Hospital in care of Barb Northington.
For more information, call her at 541-542-9101.