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1,000 Points Of Light

According to text on the website for Points Of Light, a global volunteer organization founded by George H.W. Bush, the late President  “believed that every societal problem is being solved somewhere by a group or an individual.” Recognizing that those groups or individuals need as much help as they can get, President Bush launched the organization in 1990, and it takes its name from a line in a speech he made in 1988 after his nomination as the Republican candidate for President.

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In just three years, the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run has made major impacts beyond the high-performance boating world. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

“The solution to each problem that confronts us begins with an individual who steps forward and say, ‘I can help,’” he said.

We have a lot of those individuals in the high-performance marine industry. Take the organizers of the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y., which just released it fundraising figures from 2019. As people, Ken and Renee Lalonde, Bobby Cantwell, Alexandra Buduson, Court Rutherford and Nolan Ferris couldn’t be more different. But as dedicated problem-solvers, they are one in the same.

And it shows in the event’s meteoric fundraising growth.

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