LAUGHLIN -- Don Laughlin, owner of the Riverside Hotel and Casino, presented a check for $5,406 to the Kingman Police Department Shop with a Cop program on Nov. 30.
The Shop with a Cop program pairs children, between the ages of five and 17, with public safety personnel to go shopping around Christmas time. The program has also, in the past, purchased gifts for children four and under that were handed out by Santa and his elves.
The money was raised during the 3rd Annual Laughlin Run to Fun motorcycle charity event hosted by the casino in late October. Over 500 bikers converged for the event in Laughlin, with all proceeds benefiting local charities. The bikers participated in poker runs as well as bike shows. The weekend was completed by the "Blessing of the Bikes," according to the Run to Fun Web site.
This year, the event raised more than $16,000 for local children's charities. The money was divided between the Kingman program, Mohave Shrine Club's Clothe-A-Child program and the Colorado River Fund Bank and Community Clothes Closet, according to a news release.
The Run to Fun will be held from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, 2006. Event registration has already began, however anyone wanting to participate in any of the events, including the poker run, may do so without purchasing a package, according to a news release.
For more information or hotel and event package reservations, call (800) 227-3849 or visit www.laughlinruntofun.com.