On Saturday, June 4, 2005 Chatham County
area riders gathered at the Pitt Stop in Pittsboro to attend the Providence
Church's benefit poker run for Dilan Sumner. Dilan is a four year
old boy who has been battling leukemia for the past two years.
Herman "Preacher" Brannen and his wife Annie did a fantastic
job planning and leading this ride. At the start, riders not only
received a poker run sheet, but also were provided with a detailed
map of the route and a information sheet describing the stops that
we would be making. All four stops were to historic churches in Chatham
The weather was perfect and the route Preacher planned was beautiful.
The ride could not have been better! We were welcomed in by all of
the ministers of the churches and were provided a delicious meal at
the last stop. Many door prizes were awarded at the end as well as
prizes for best and worst hand. A 50/50 was awarded but most of the
prizes were donated back to the cause to help our little buddy Dilan
Sumner. Thanks goes to all who attended and made this event a big
on the Run:
Martha's Chapel Christian Church: Established
in 1803 when Thomas Jefferson was still president, the church has
been in operation since then. The church was originally formed by
the minister James O'Kelly.
Rocky River Baptist Church: This church was started in 1756
as a log cabin church for the Scotch-Irish settlers who lived along
the Rocky River.
Rives Chapel Baptist Church: The
present congregation was constituted in 1832 with 60 members. However,
the "newer" building was constructed in
Providence Methodist Episcopal Church: Established in the mid
1870s with 20 members. On September 11, 1887, two acres of land were
purchased for $8.00 from J.W. and Fannie Andrews for the construction
of the current building. It is currently run by Herman "Preacher"
Brannen. Please contact Preacher for information on the church or
to donate to Dilan Sumner's deserving family: 919-742-4799 firstname.lastname@example.org
event near Chatham County:
June 17-19, 2005: Vietnam Vets 21st Anniversary Party at the Old Mill
in Sanford See: www.vnvmcnc.org