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Jul. 17, 2018
3:24 am


Successful Family Poker Run nets funds for charities

By Pamela A. Keene
With more than 250 boats – local and out-of-towners – this year’s Pirates of Lanier Poker Run has been called a success by organizers and participants.
“I’ve been to all of them since the beginning, but this is the first time I’ve participated in the past three years,” said Buford’s Tod Rawlins, who brought his 15-year-old son this year to try their luck. “This was one of the best Poker Runs ever and it was a great fun family event.”
Officials said they are on target for the annual fund-raiser that benefits Camp Twin Lakes, Camp Sunshine, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and the Edmondson-Telford Center.
New events this year included the Friday mid-day raft-up at Pirates Cove, just outside Lanier Islands across from the entrance to Holiday Marina and the Friday night concert at Presentation Point. she said. 
“We’re still tallying the totals from registration, the silent and live auctions and all the other events of the weekend,” said Sydney Gordon, vice president of Lanier Partners, which produces the event annually. “There were more than 1,100 people at the Friday night concert and captains’ party and we saw a big increase in the number of local boaters and their families that came for the weekend.”
Sydney said each of the winners of poker hands donated their prize money back to the event to use for the charity awards. “We will combine the funds raised from the Poker Run and the annual Parade of Lights Boat Parade and present the checks to the charities next spring,” she said. “We saw a significant increase in families and local participation, a really nice balance between the performance boats, pontoons and cruisers.”
For more information about Lanier Partners, the Family Poker Run and the holiday season Boat Parade of Lights, visit The organization will announce this 2017 parade dates soon.

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