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Poker Run canceled this year

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
The 12th Annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run has been canceled for 2020. Lanier Partners, the event’s organizing group, will still make donations to the four children’s charities it benefits: Camp Sunshine, Camp Twin Lakes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and the Edmondson-Telford Center.
 
“As a board, Lanier Partners/Pirates of Lanier has decided, with regret, to cancel the event this year,” said Barkley Geib, president of the organization that has raised more than $2 million for children’s charities since its inception. “With the uncertainty of the challenging and changing situation of COVID-19 and our goal to ensure the health and safety of our supporters, volunteers and the community, we have not made this decision lightly.” 
 
The group is offering three options for those who have already registered: 
 
  • Donate your fees this year so the group can help support its children’s charities, who are in great need of additional funding
  • Roll your 2020 fees directly to register for next year’s event, maintaining all the purchases you have indicated on your registration
  • Request a full refund of the 2020 fees that you have paid, which will be processed back to your method of payment.

 
“As always – and we hope that others intending to be here will do this – you can go online and make a donation of any amount to help the children,” Geib said. “Even though the event for this year is canceled, we will donate to these charities this year, especially in light of the health situation we’ve had with COVID-19 and the other financial challenges these groups are facing.” 
 
Geib said the board considered several options for keeping the event in some format, but too many uncertainties made keeping the event in place for this year nearly impossible.
 
“Recent spikes in June across the country, including several states in the Southeast, the issue of people traveling from out of town and the very active agenda we had planned for the weekend are simply not suited for these uncertain times,” he said. “Also, we want to abide by and consider local and national guidelines, as well as the information we have from the CDC and Gov. Kemp’s office. We hope all of our supporters will understand and continue to support us.”
 
The Pirates of Lanier Poker Run has become a highlight of summer on Lake Lanier for more than a decade. It has raised funds to benefit several area children’s charities – Camp Sunshine, Camp Twin Lakes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and the Edmondson-Telford Center. 
 
“We truly appreciate everyone’s continued support of our event and these children’s charities and their important work,” he said. 
 
For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or its website at www.piratesoflanier.com, where donations are being accepted online.


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