2019 Poker Run

Poker Run 2019

Dan Mishler

The fourth annual LCA poker run is in the books and the feedback we have received indicates it was the best one yet.  The weather was perfect, the food was tasty, the auction items were a big hit and a good time was had by all.

Special thanks to our Gold Sponsors, Lake Charlevoix Brewing, Irish Boat Shop, Boyne Boat Yard, Bulmann Dock and Lift, Lake Michigan Products, Mobile Marine, The Landing Restaurant, Sommerset Pointe, Pat O’Brien and Associates and West Marine, Petoskey. Each sponsor either sponsored one or more card pick up locations or donated gift certificates for poker hand prizes.

Many local merchants and members also donated items for the auction, which is a fun part of the event as well, and is a big part of our fund raising.

We would also like to thank our many volunteers without whom we could not provide this fun event. Dave Germond, Laurie Seibert and Suzie L’Heureux spent many hours in planning and set up.  Many people helped out by handing out cards and other jobs. If anyone would like to be on the list to help out with LCA events and projects, please let us know at info@lakecharlevoix.org

Congratulations to our card hand winners, the Allens had the winning hand with three 6’s, the Brandts came in second with three 4’s and the Ellwangers earned third place with three 3’s.  The always popular worst hand went to the Charnowskis. Prizes for card hands were gift certificates from Irish Boat Shop and West Marine.

The bottom line for the 2019 Poker Run is a net of over $7,000 which will be placed in our Lake Protection Fund to be used for projects that work to preserve and protect this wonderful lake we all love.

Also of special note this year is the fact that, in keeping with our new plastic reduction program, the event used compostable table wear. Nearly all of our waste was compostable using the commercial recycling program in Emmett Country. The state-of-the-art recycling facility in Emmet County, along with the very helpful people there, made this possible. Their program has drawn praise for all over the country and could be a big help to our conservation efforts if we used it more. A special thanks to Lake Charlevoix Brewing and Boyne City Tap Room for providing the catering and working with us to produce as little throwaway waste as possible. Participants were also encouraged to bring only reusable cups and from what I witnessed, compliance was very good in that area. Please see the nearby article on the topic of our new Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Plastics reduction program.

We hope you will plan to participate in the poker run in 2020.