LACONIA — Over 500 participants enjoyed the sunshine as they traveled on or around Lake Winnipesaukee at this year's 13th Annual HK Powersports Land and Lake Poker Run at the Naswa Resort on July 20.
Participants traveled by cars, motorcycles, boats, personal watercrafts, and trucks, and raised over $60,000 for Easter Seals programs and services to help people of all ages with disabilities and special needs, bringing the 13 year total to more than $750,000.
Participants collected sealed playing cards from a variety of fun checkpoints with games and raffles on and around Lake Winnipesaukee before heading to the Naswa Resort to play their poker hand and enjoy the huge beach party loaded with a buffet by Sysco, a DJ, water games by Coors Light and Kids Only, and other family-fun activities throughout the day.
"The atmosphere of the Poker Run this year was so exciting and fun," said Christine Pederson, Easter Seals NH Director of Event and Corporate Relations. New this year to the event was the High Roller's Club, sponsored by Irwin Marine, which raised the stakes for serious players.
Sue Haydock (Manchester), was the land winner, and Steven Delucca (Windham), the lake winner, for the best poker hands. High Roller's Club winner, Wayne Pinhu (Barrington), who won a $1,000 prize. Harley-Davidson of Manchester and Nashua sponsored the cash prizes for each winning hand.
Grand prize raffle winners were: Brian Lacourse (Epsom) won the Seadoo Jet Ski donated by HK Powersports, Rene Normand (Nashua) won the BBQ set, Carol Labbe (Manchester) won the canoe, and Paul Rheault (Pelham) won the kayak.
In additional to HK Powersports, sponsors of this event include The Naswa Resort, Mix 94.1 FM, Brady Sullivan Properties, SeaDoo, Lakes Region Casino, Metrocast, Irwin Marine, Bank of New Hampshire, Zero Waste & Recycling Services, Inc., SYSCO of Northern New England, Inc., Kids Only, Harley Davidson Motorcycles of Nashua and Manchester, Tanger Outlets of Tilton, Belknap Subaru, SouthEnd Media, Plastic Distributors and Fabricators, Inc., Stonyfield Yogurt, Baron's Major Brands Appliances, Coors Light, Corona, Samuel Adams, The Citizen of Laconia, LTD Company, Pepsi, CVS, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Winnipesaukee Marine Construction, Weirs Beach Lobster Pound and Pederson Flooring & Refinishing.