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Jan. 22, 2019
6:31 pm


Poker Run awards funds


The Annual Pirates of Lanier Family Poker Run raises funds for local children’s charities. Recently, the organization’s president Barkley Geib presented a check for $40,000 to Camp Twin Lakes’ Brittany Dubay, left, and Merrick Bonner. Camp Twin Lakes hosts more than 10,000 young people and adults each year who have serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. Summer is the busy season, when more than 3,500 campers from 60 partner organizations arrive for weekend and week-long sessions to use the facilities and resources at the camp. 

Camp Sunshine recently received a check for $40,000 as well. Pictured with Geib are (l-r) Nancy Burrow and Sally Hale. Camp Sunshine provides support for children with cancer and their families, working in tandem with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and its AFLAC Cancer Center to offer nearly 150 programs each year. From summer camp at Camp Twin Lakes for young cancer patients to trips for teens to places like Washington, D.C., its programs are comprehensive and far-reaching. 

Last November the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier received a check for $50,000. 
Serving more than 6,000 young people in Hall County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier operates 12 club sites, including three youth centers, eight school sites and a housing location. The work of the Boys & Girls Clubs is simple: fill the gap between school and home to provide safe, welcoming, positive environments for kids and teens where they can have fun, engage in life-changing programs and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. 
Mark your calendars for July 19-21 for the 10th anniversary of the event. For information, visit

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