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Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run raises more than $200,000 for children’s charities

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
The numbers are in and they’re looking good. The 10th Annual Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run in mid-July raised more than $200,000 for area children’s charities. 
 
As in years past, both poker hand winners donated their prize money back to Lanier Partners. Robert J. Knapp Jr. won the best Natural Poker Hand, using the cards he was dealt during the on-the-water event. Jarrett Gorlin won the best Improved Poker Hand, using additional cards that he purchased during the event.
 
Other winners included: Best Pirate Crew, “Pirates Against Cancer,” Scott Peterson; Best Pirate Ship, “Noonie Toon,” Jay Howell; Best Overall Boat, “Bonds Voyage,” Thomas Bond.
 
The AVC Sound-off winners were Eric Shahan, 38-foot Fountain, first place; Scott Stinson, 42-foot Mystic, second place; Lynn Christopher, cruiser, third place.
 
“We are so appreciative to everyone who participated in this year’s Charity Poker Run,” said Barkley Geib, president of Lanier Partners. “From the support of Lanier Islands and Margaritaville at Lanier Islands to our lead sponsor Premier Surfaces and all the others, it was again another fantastic year.” 
 
Nearly 230 boats from the Southeast and across the country participated this year. The event benefits Camp Sunshine, Camp Twin Lakes and Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier.
 
The organization hosts two major fund-raising events each year. Registration for its 2018 Parade of Boats, slated for Saturday, December 8, will be open by October 1. For more information, visit www.lanierpartners.org.

Posted online 8/31/18
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