Historically, the party that will take place at The Brass Monkey this weekend has drawn a diverse crew.
The South Omaha bar's regulars will turn out Saturday for the annual event, a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation, as do fans of the bar's extensive (and cheap) craft beer menu.
But it also draws people from the surrounding neighborhood who aren't big drinkers, lots of motorcyclists and, this year, an Omaha girl who has taken a Make-A-Wish trip with her family.
“It's a pretty big deal,” said Jo-anna Gill, who works at the bar at 36th and V Streets and has watched the event grow since it started four years ago.
The annual fundraiser, which consists of both a poker run and an outdoor party along V Street and in the bar's giant parking lot, this year includes music from five live bands as well as three food vendors, drink specials and a silent auction and raffle, made up in part by items donated by the bar's beer and liquor distributors.
A poker run (with all Iowa stops — a draw for motorcyclists who aren't fans of Nebraska's helmet laws) will start the day at 10 a.m., at Werner Cycle, 14410 Frontier Road.
The Brass Monkey will open at noon, music will begin at 3 p.m., and the poker run participants should show up shortly thereafter.
At 7 p.m., a special guest and Make-A-Wish alumna will talk about her experiences with the program, and music will continue into the night.
Bands at this year's party are Righteous Pyle, It Factor, Johnny Reef & The Shipwrecks, Off the Grid and Erratic Behavior.
The poker run costs $15 for drivers and $10 for passengers, which includes entry into the Brass Monkey parking lot.
Admission for nonriders is $5.