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Registration opens for Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Get your groove on in the name of charity by registering now for this year’s Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run. Slated for July 19-21, the popular event will be headquartered at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. 
 
The event, celebrating its 10th year, raises funds for children’s charities in North Georgia, including Camp Twin Lakes, Camp Sunshine, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and Edmondson-Telford Center. 
 
“We’re expecting another great year,” said Barkley Geib, president of the all-volunteer Lanier Partners of North Georgia that also presents the lake’s annual Parade of Lights each December. “We’re hoping to have more than 300 boats participate this year. Right now, we’re ahead of pace over last year.”
 
Premier Surfaces is the 2018 presenting sponsor. The poker run format will be similar to the 2017 event, with a Thursday evening meet and greet on shore adjacent to the Wave Pool under the Pavilion Tent.
 
“Cheeseburger on Paradise” has moved ashore to Paradise Beach at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands on Friday. Chefs will be cooking burgers and hot dogs for participants and for anyone who purchases a Land-Lubber package for the poker run. 
 
“Friday’s Cheeseburger party will feature the AVC Stereo Challenge,” Geib said. “And the Captain’s Meeting takes place that evening at the Pavilion Tent.” Silent and live auctions are part of Friday night’s activities.
 
Saturday begins with an open start. “Boaters can go to the various checkpoints at their leisure and then bring their hands to the Saturday night event and awards party,” Geib said. “The whole evening will be capped off by fireworks.” 
 
Registration is open at www.lanierpartners.org.

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