Laurel Marina & Yacht Club hosts water poker run for charity

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Poker, boats and South Holston Lake. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon and people at the Laurel Marina and Yacht Club got to do just that.

The 10th annual Speedway Children's Charities Water Poker Run continued with that tradition Saturday.

Anyone with a boat could participate in the fun on the lake. It's a caused aimed at helping to raise money for kids in this region.

Players were given clues and had to find four dealer boats throughout South Holston Lake where they each were dealt one card.

The owner of Laurel Marina and Yacht Club Dale Thomas tells News 5 last year the event raised over $16,000 and they were hoping to get about 50 to 75 players Saturday.

"Our customers come from all over the region so this is a way that we can reach out to our customer base through Speedway Children's Charities and know that the money is really handled responsibly," adds Thomas.

"We have seven grandchildren so it goes for a great cause," says Brenda Johnson, who played in her second Water Poker Run Saturday.

Speedway Children's Charities provides funding for hundreds of organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children.

Thomas says they hoped to raise $17,000 Saturday to meet their $100,000 ten year goal.

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