PANAMA CITY — Hurricane Michael isn’t stopping a local veteran group from raising money for hospice centers as it does every year.

American Legion Post 392, 535 Oak Ave., will hold the 10th annual Hotzee Run for Hospice on Saturday, Jan. 19. The annual vehicle ride raises funds for Covenant Care and Emerald Coast Hospice.

Tickets are "currently being sold at the (Post 392) bar and if they don’t sell out at the bar before the event, we’re going to sell what’s remaining with a table out (at Post 392) to sell those,” said Alexander Hill, Riders Director. “Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. at Sims Veterans Home where we will have some breakfast items. We’re ending the ride here at Post 392 at 3 p.m. All the bikes that want to have their hand in and win the prize for the Hotzee run would have to be here by 3 p.m.”

Hotzee riders will play a unique version of Yahtzee similar to poker at each stop, hence the event name. Tickets are $10, and raffle prizes include a 2001 Harley Sportster custom motorcycle. There will be music and food at Post 392 after the 3 p.m. check-in. Motorcycles are welcome but not required.

Most of the stops will be in Panama City Beach this year due to damage on the eastern side of the Hathaway Bridge after Hurricane Michael. The impact to Panama City businesses caused Post 392 to debate if they should even have the run.

“We know people are spent. ... This is pretty much one of the first major poker runs, first of the year and since the hurricane. This is our resolve. This is everything for us,” said Hill. “We want to donate big like we always do and for us to not do this run at all would be unacceptable. We have to do something. This is our way of showing 850 strong.”

Post 392 raises money every year for hospice care since several members and their families have been taken care of by local centers while dying.

“In the past we have typically donated over $10,000 to Covenant Care and that’s our primary charity,” said Hill. “And we also like to donate a few thousand to Emerald Coast Hospice because we’ve had members and families die in both organizations. This is a cause near and dear to not only our hearts but the hearts of our biker community and this local community as a whole.”