Yearly the Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run donates to a number of organizations. Josh Davis, a Perry native, graduated from Perry High School in 2009 and joined the Marines.
After completing basic training, Josh was deployed to Afghanistan and gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in action on May 7, 2010. Josh is buried at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
Josh’s parents, Dave and Patti Davis, started a memorial award for a senior at Perry High School. A poker run was started by friends of Josh’s parents as a way to help fund the award. The first poker run in 2011 had such an overwhelming response that the Davis’ were able to give two awards and donate to a few other organizations.
The 2017 poker run, held in August, was the seventh year and the donation list has continued to grow due to continued support of bikers near and far.
On Monday, Oct. 30, a group from the JDMPR met with the Puppy Jake Foundation in Des Moines to give their 2017 donation. Colleen Homan of Urbandale, volunteer, foster parent and mentor coordinator, accepted the donation on behalf of Puppy Jake Foundation.
The Puppy Jake Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of American veterans with disabilities. They provide well-bred, professionally trained and socialized service dogs to members of the Armed Forces who need assistance in their lives back home.
Other recipients of this year’s run are Perry Police Officer Association, Perry Fire Fighters Association, Guthrie County Reserves, Jefferson Police Association, Greene County Reserves, Perry Community School District DARE program, Iowa Thunder, Perry Elks Lodge #407, Retrieving Freedom, Wreaths Across America, Patriot Guard Riders, Marine Graduation Foundation and of course, the two Josh Davis Memorial Awards.