Snowman Poker Run
by Scott A. Sumner
The first ever Snowman Snowmobile Poker Run in support of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay will happen on Saturday, March 3rd starting at the MacKenzie Inn, 1788 Lakeshore Drive.
Half-Way Motors Power Sports is providing prize money including $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers’ include a large screen TV , BRP GO PRO style Camera and a blue ray DVD player. Any rider raising $500 or more in pledges receives a $50.00 Half-Way Motors Power Sports gift card. Participants that raise $250 or more will receive their $50
registration fee back.
“We’re excited to be part of this new event and to help raise funds to help the community programming available at the Boys and Girls Clubs”, says Albert Aiello, Executive Director of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay.
“ We receive no core funding of any kind so any fundraising is appreciated. With the minimum wage going up January 1 it drastically affects our organization and programming. This is one way to help
offset these costs with a new initiative that is happening and we are excited to be a part of it.”said Albert Aiello. “ There are 32 employees here and most are entry level jobs so our wage costs are going up. Most of our programs are free so we can’t increase our revenue that way. We are hoping to raise up to $30,000 with this event.”
“The route will be on the old Thunder Bay Adventure Trails and partly on new trails our team use on a regular basis. We will start at the McKenzie Inn who are a sponsor,head towards Mt Baldy and back. We will have lunch at the Dorian Community Centre which is part of the school, their gym, and then back to the McKenzie. The route will be about 120 KM return depending on conditions.” said John Trevisanutto. “ We as a company like to be involved in the community and give back especially to those helping children.”
The Poker run will have 5 stop locations and you take one envelope from each of the 5 buckets and they stay sealed. When you get back you turn in your envelope to make your hand. You can also buy two other cards to improve your hand. The entry fee is $50 which includes a light breakfast, lunch and a tee shirt . The organizers are hoping people will get pledges.
For more information on the event, please contact Albert Aiello at 623-0354 ext. 112 or John Trevisanutto at 474-7601.