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May 15, 2007

Press Announcement - Camp Lakodia Poker Run to Benefit Deaf Youth

From: CSD - May 15, 2007

Release Date: May 15, 2007
Contact: Derric Miller
CSD Communications Office

Camp Lakodia Poker Run to Benefit Deaf Youth

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (May 15, 2007) — On Saturday, May 19, motorcycle enthusiasts from across the region have an opportunity to support deaf youth while banding together and journeying to scenic Camp Lakodia, located on the shores of Lake Herman in Madison, S.D. The Camp Lakodia Poker Run, hosted by CSD, has earmarked the proceeds from the event to help fund deaf youth campers attend the National Leadership & Literacy Camp (NLLC) this coming summer.

The NLLC focuses on increasing the overall leadership ability of its attendees, by strengthening campers’ literacy skills and by tapping into their potential for intellectual growth.

The Camp Lakodia Poker Run begins on Saturday at 11 a.m., with registration at J&L Harley. After registration, the participants are given a route map, and the run begins by 1 p.m. After five planned stops along the scenic route, the run ends at Camp Lakodia, where the riders will draw their “poker hand.” The top three hands win gift certificates from J&L Harley Davidson.

Following the drawing, riders can experience everything Camp Lakodia has to offer while eating at the barbeque cookout, listening to the live band and DJ, participating in the “Best Biker Outfit” contest, using the pontoon boats and kayaks, or playing sand volleyball on the beach. For those who wish to attend but don’t want to register for the event, admission at the camp is $5.

“The Camp Lakodia Poker Run is one of the most popular fundraisers we have each year,” said Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer. “The only thing better than hitting the road on your motorcycle with a group of friends is knowing that you are simultaneously helping build the deaf leaders of tomorrow.”

For more information on the Poker Run, contact Jeff Best by phone at (605) 782-1041 or via e-mail at To learn about Camp Lakodia or schedule a weekend camping trip, go to For more information on the NLLC, go to

About CSD — CSD (aka Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.) was established in 1975, primarily to provide sign language interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing adults in South Dakota. Today, CSD employs over 2,000 individuals in offices across the nation, providing a broad continuum of social and human services programs, as well as telecommunications relay services. CSD is a private nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality services; ensuring public accessibility; and increasing awareness of issues affecting the deaf, hard of hearing and individuals with speech disabilities. For more information, please visit

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