Pirates of Lanier Poker Run
By Pamela A. Keene
More than 100 boats have already registered for mid-July’s Pirates of Lanier Poker Run and slots are filling up fast, according to event organizers.
“All the money we’re raising goes to our three children’s charities this year,” said Rea Williams, with Lanier Partners. “This will be our biggest Poker Run ever and sponsors are coming on board every day. We’ve set our goal this year at $300,000.”
Children’s charities that will benefit from the 2013 Poker Run are Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, Camp Sunshine and Naval Special Warfare Kids.
For the first time, the event will include a two-day Vendor Village at Grand Hall at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, featuring all kinds of products and supplies for boaters. For $250, vendors can have a 10 by 10 booth. The Vendor Village is sponsored by the Marine Trade Association of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Other events include a Meet and Greet party on Thursday evening at Gianni’s at Lake Lanier Islands, a lunchtime “Cheeseburger in Paradise” raft-up on the lake and a mandatory Captain’s Meeting/Welcome Party at the resort’s Grand Hall on Friday night, plus the main event and awards on Saturday. Auctioneer Bob Brown with Red Baron Antiques in North Georgia will serve as auctioneer; there will also be a silent auction.
Awards include trophies for Best Decorated Boat, Best Dressed Crew, Worst Decorated Boat and Most Patriotic Boat. Plaques will be given for the Best Dressed Pirate, the Best Dressed Wee Pirate, Best Dressed Wench and the captain who has traveled the farthest. “Our one-of-a-kind trophies are the most stunning we’ve ever had,” Williams said. “They’ll blow your socks off.”
The event takes place July 18-21
at the home base of Lake Lanier Islands.
For more info and to register: www.piratesoflanier.com