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Poker run to benefit Jason Ellis Memorial Fund

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BARDSTOWN, Ky (WDRB) -- It's been almost three months since the death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis and people there continue to look for ways to support his memorial fund.

The Jason Ellis Poker run is Saturday in Bardstown and organizers say it's grown into the biggest event they've ever hosted.

A typical poker run in the Bardstown area is 150 motorcycles but this one could bring in as many as 4,000 bikes.

It'll start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning in Bardstown and ride 82 miles.

It's bringing motorcycle enthusiasts together from several different states.

"We have registrations from Ohio and Indiana. I've seen some from New York Pennsylvania," said one of the organizers Matt Schrader.

"We're being told this could be one of the largest ever," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.

All are riding for the same reason.

"The community is still torn up about the incident and we want to keep it fresh in people's heads," said Schrader.

Ellis was killed in May.

Investigators think tree limbs were intentionally placed on an off-ramp to the Bluegrass Parkway as part of a plan to kill him.

"Three months out and unfortunately we're still digging, following up and investigating," said McCubbin.

McCubbin says Ellis' death and the mystery surrounding it has left the community on edge.

"We have to figure out what our new normal is because things will never be normal," he said.

But he believes the person or group responsible will eventually be brought to justice.

"Closure will help. His family first and foremost but the law enforcement family and the community. The community wants it badly," McCubbin told WDRB.

There have been dozens of fundraisers since the murder.

McCubbin says that's important because it keeps people aware and helps out the family Ellis was forced to leave behind.

But the financial support, he says, is only a bandaid on a wound that's still very deep.

"No matter how much money these benefits raise for Amy and his two young sons, it will never be enough. They would give you a million dollars back to get Jason back so you can't put a price on that," said McCubbin.

The poker run starts Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Bikes will take off every half hour and there will be an auction following at Jim Beam Stillhouse.

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