[Article 32]FAQs


QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POKER RUN

  1. What is the poker run?
  2. With seven cards, possible same suits, etc., how do you determine best and worst hands?
  3. Who receives the proceeds of the poker runs?
  4. What is the buy-in to play poker?
  5. When and where?
  6. Can I play more than one hand?
  7. Do I need to be present to win?
  8. How long does the run take?

QUESTIONS ABOUT TAX DEDUCTIONS

  1. I won a raffle item at another event that I can’t use, can I “re-gift” it at your event?
  2. What are the tax deductible rules?
  3. I had to fill out paperwork for a prize that was worth in excess of $100.  Do you turn that in to the IRS or the Dept. of Justice?
  4. Motorcycle raffle tickets say “Winners responsible for taxes, etc”, what does that mean?
  5. Do you give any of my personal information out?
  6. Are you guys for real?

QUESTIONS ABOUT DOERNBECHER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

  1. Who/what is Doernbecher?
  2. Why did you pick Doernbecher as the recipient?

 

ANSWERS

WHAT IS THE POKER RUN?

A: Most Poker Runs work in basically the same way: there is a designated starting point, predetermined route with checkpoints along the way, and designated ending point. Entrants contribute or pay a registration fee, collect playing cards at the checkpoints, and win a prize based on their Poker hand. In our event, participants may donate $5.00 for a card prior to leaving, stop and collect a card at each of five checkpoints, and donate another $5.00 for an additional card at the end. The high and low 5 card each wins a $100 cash prize.

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WITH SEVEN CARDS, POSSIBLE SAME SUITS, ETC., HOW DO YOU DETERMINE BEST AND WORST HANDS?

A: High Hand is five aces, royal flush, and then regular hands. Low hand is a “wheel”; A, 2, 3, 4, 5. But isn’t that a straight? No, it is a standard low hand.

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WHO RECEIVES THE PROCEEDS OF THE POKER RUN?

A: The Poker Run is a charitable fund raising event with the proceeds going to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

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WHAT IS THE BUY-IN TO PLAY POKER?

A: The cost is the $10.00 registration fee and you can purchase 2 additional cards at $5.00 each.

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WHEN AND WHERE?

A: This year’s run takes place on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. Registration is from 8:30-10:00 AM. It takes off from IBEW Local 48’s union hall at 15937 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR. Just follow the Harleys!

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CAN I PLAY MORE THAN ONE HAND?

A: Each rider and passenger can play a separate hand and you can buy 2 additional cards to better your chances. Additional hands are available for $10.00 each.

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DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN?

A: No you do not need to be present to win the Harley, but it is a lot more fun when you are! Plus there are many more prizes that you must be present to win.

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HOW LONG DOES THE RUN TAKE?

A: It depends upon how long you enjoy yourself at each checkpoint, but figure between 3 and 4 hours for the run itself. Remember that the Poker Run is just the start of a great day. There are vendor spaces and activities, the FAMOUS chili cook-off (vote for your favorite), a barbeque lunch, Unions for Kids merchandise to buy, a silent auction for some great items, and raffle tickets to purchase for prizes to numerous to mention!

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I WON A RAFFLE ITEM AT ANOTHER EVENT THAT I CAN’T USE, CAN I RE-GIFT IT AT YOUR EVENT?
A: You bet! And you’ll get a receipt for the retail or fair market value for a tax deduction.

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WHAT ARE THE TAX DEDUCTIBLE RULES?

A: Registration, Poker Hand cost, extra card and raffle ticket costs are NOT deductible. The IRS and Dept. of Justice consider that as “buying a chance” for a prize. Cash donations, raffle item donations and amounts paid in excess of fair market value at Silent Auction are deductible.

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I HAD TO FILL OUT PAPERWORK FOR A PRIZE THAT WAS WORTH IN EXCESS OF $100.  DO YOU TURN THAT IN TO THE IRS OR THE DEPT OF JUSTICE?

A: No. That paperwork is just track who won prizes in excess of $100. The Dept. of Justice inspects those records for accuracy to comply with law.

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MOTORCYCLE RAFFLE TICKETS SAY “WINNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR TAXES, ETC.”  WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A: The IRS considers gambling the same as income. Unions for Kids withholds 28% Federal Income Tax on retail value of motorcycle. The winner then fills out taxes as normal, adding prize value to income and tax withheld. Depending on your normal tax bracket, most people will get some of the money back. If Unions for Kids were to pay the taxes, we would have to pay 33%, that would take a lot of money from the kids. Example: $17,000 x 28% = $4,760 tax due to the winner. A good portion of that would be refunded with winner’s tax return, a $17,000 motorcycle for less than $5K isn’t bad…If Unions for Kids paid $17,000 x 33% = $5,610. No refund at all (IRS keeps it all!) and it would decrease our highest year’s donation by over 10%. That is a lot for the kids to pay.

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DO YOU GIVE ANY OF MY PERSONAL INFORMATION OUT?

A: No way!! We have been asked for mailing list of registrants, our firm answer has been and will always be NO. We invite vendors to put out a signup sheet if you want to be put on their mailing list. See our Privacy Policy.

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ARE YOU GUYS FOR REAL?

A: Absolutely! We are registered with the Oregon Secretary of State, have a 501 (c) 3 exemption from the IRS #20-1784553 and have a raffle license issued by the Oregon Department of Justice #R-34329. Our current contact at the Doernbecher Foundation is Sarah Harbaugh at OHSU

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WHO/WHAT IS DOERNBECHER?

A: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has delivered hope and healing to families from throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington since 1926. Established in Portland as a teaching hospital affiliated with what is now Oregon Health & Science University, Doernbecher was the region’s first full-service children’s medical center. Today, Doernbecher still provides the area’s most comprehensive range of family-centered pediatric healthcare services, including the area’s most advanced specialty care. And as the primary center for OHSU’s pediatric programs, Doernbecher is a national leader in research and the education of tomorrow’s pediatric specialists.

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WHY DID YOU PICK DOERNBECHER AS THE RECIPIENT?

A: Great question! None of the original (or to date, current) Committee members has had a child at Doernbecher, though many of us had worked there in the construction trades. One cannot go very far in this area without running into someone whose life has been impacted by Doernbecher. When posed the question of who the recipient would be at the first meeting of our then fledgling organization, it was unanimous that Doernbecher would be the recipient.

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