Lake Murray Poker Run raises $45,000 for Children’s Chance to fight cancer
By Karamie Sullivan
They came from all over to help children with cancer.
Boaters traveled from Florida, Virginia, New York, and South Carolina to Chapin’s Rusty Anchor restaurant over the weekend for the fourth annual Lake Murray Poker Run.
The fund-raising event is hosted by Children’s Chance, a non-profit organization that helps families of children facing pediatric cancer.
The event began Friday with registration, dinner, and a captain’s meeting.
Saturday boaters began at 10 a.m., traveling to six different marinas to collect their poker cards.
Midday entertainment and a lunch was provided by Rusty Anchor.
Additional funds were raised for the organization during the lunch break when attendants voted for who they wanted to win the Ms. Lake Murray Poker Run bikini contest.
Saturday evening, the Poker Run winner was announced after a final card reading. The event wrapped up with dinner. .
The families that Children’s Chance sponsors were able to attend dinner both nights. Some of the boat owners volunteered to give the children rides on the water. Photos: ColaDaily/Karamie Sullivan
According to Administrative Director Neil Boone, it’s rewarding just to see the amount of people who come together to support a cause like this.
“It’s awesome to know people who are so willing to donate to our organization, and just give a little extra because of these kids,” said Boone.
The parents of the children this non-profit supports were grateful to see the event’s large turnout.
“The Poker Run is an event for people to have a fun-filled day, while providing support to these suffering families,” parent Dustin Tucker says. “To see these people come out in droves just warms my heart.”
There were 83 boats entered in the Poker Run. The amount raised was $45,000. The money will go directly to the families that Children’s Chance sponsors.
“The water gets pretty rough with all these boats coming into one place,” said Executive Director Stephanie Amaker. “But if you think about it, it really symbolizes how rough the waters are in the lives of the kids that we sponsor, you get a glimpse of the bigger picture. After everything is over, we want the waters to be calm again in these families’ lives.”