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Pirates Poker Run is Saturday
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Forsyth County News

If you go

What: Pirates of Lanier Poker Run

When: Begins 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Lake Lanier

Cost: $100 per boat; extra hands $50 each

More info:

Ahoy, mateys — looking to scare up a little treasure this weekend?

The Pirates of Lanier Poker Run is set for Saturday, sponsored by the nonprofit Lanier Partners of North Georgia Inc.

Proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine, a Georgia program for children with cancer, and to the Naval Special Warfare Kids providing financial assistance to children and spouses of U.S. military service members.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. A meet and greet social event is set for today at Gianni’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Friday, all are invited to join in a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” raft-up lunch and stereo competition held by Norman’s Landing beginning at 11 a.m. at the dam. It will be followed by a captains’ meeting at 3 p.m. and a captains’ party from 5-10 p.m. at Holiday Marina, including food and entertainment.

The poker runs begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with each boat leaving its home port and following assigned routes to gather playing cards. For captains seeking a longer run, Windship will lead off from the dam at 11 a.m. to the northernmost card stop.

The final activity will be a winner’s party at Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Sunset Cove Beach Café & Club, including food and festivities.

Trophies will be handed out for titles including “most patriotic boat” and “best dressed crew.” Poker hand winners will earn cash prizes (winners must be present to collect).

Music will be provided by Ed Roland, of Collective Soul fame, and the Sweet Tea Project, along with a fireworks and laser light show. A 50-50 auction and raffle drawing will be available.

The entry fee is $100 per boat, with extra hands available for $50 each. To register online, visit
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