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Feb. 21, 2019
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Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run set for July 19-21

By Pamela A. Keene
The three-day Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run, presented by Premier Surfaces, takes place July 19-21. Registration is open in various categories, including Super Deluxe Boat Entry for $325, that includes four event poker hands, four event T-shirts, six Margaritaville at Lanier Islands official event credentials good for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, four admissions to “Cheeseburger on Paradise Beach Bash” and the Captains Party, both on Friday, four admissions to the Awards Party at Landshark Landing, Captain’s Kit and goodies, plus the 2018 event video. 
The Deluxe Boat Entry costs $225 and includes one boat entry, two event poker hands, two T-shirts, three official event credentials, two admissions to “Cheeseburger on Paradise Beach” and the Captains’ Party, two admissions to the awards party, Captain’s Kit and event video. Extra crew poker hands can be purchased for $50; landlubber tickets for admission to the Friday night Captains Party cost $25.
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Get on board for this year’s Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run

Eric Tryon knows all about the Lanier Partners Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run. After all, he’s been on the front lines, handing out poker cards and greeting boaters and crews the day of the event at the Gainesville Marina card stop for more than a half-dozen years.
This year, he’s going even further in his support of the 10th annual event. He’s signed on his company, Premier Surfaces, as title sponsor. He founded the company, which was purchased last year and became part of the largest stone fabricator in the country, and stayed on as CEO. 
“What better way to support such a great event than to be the title sponsor?” he said. “The timing worked out to sponsor this year. My wife Amy and I agreed that this is a most important cause, raising money to help the kids.” The Charity Poker Run supports Camp Sunshine, Camp Twin Lakes and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. Since its creation, the non-profit has donated millions of dollars to children’s charities.
Eric and Amy moved to Cumming from upstate New York in 1997. “We got tired of the cold weather and were quickly drawn to the lake,” he said. “We are avid boaters and love to fish. We spend a lot of time on the water with our family.” 
He founded Premier Surfaces about 15 years ago, joining the ranks of the large number of small operations providing stone, granite and solid surfaces. “For a long time, this industry was mostly mom-and-pop operations,” he said. “Clio Holding had the vision of consolidating some higher performing companies in the countertop industry to establish competitive advantages. The consolidation creates more buying leverage, the ability to invest and capitalize on technology and the opportunity to grow and develop our people.”
Not only was Premier approached, it became the overarching brand for the new national company. “We went from four local locations and 160 employees to a company with 17 locations in 12 states and more than 1,000 employees,” he said. 
He said he’s going to be taking a low profile and staying with his crew at Gainesville Marina on Saturday. “We have such great camaraderie and our group really gets along well. It’s great to combine a good event with a great weekend to make a difference to change kids’ and families’ lives. It is so worth it!” 
Registration is open for the event, which takes place July 19-21. For more info, visit

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