While the annual Tickfaw 200 Poker Run in Springfield, La., lets the good times roll like no other event of its kind, its higher purpose has long been raising money for worthy causes. Organizers Casey Harrison and Joey Fontenot typically focus on local charities—where their fundraising efforts can have the greatest impact—but with the run cancelled for the past two years those efforts have been stymied,
The Tickfaw 200 Poker Run is cancelled for 2021, but its charitable efforts are not. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Earlier this week, Harrison reached out to Hogs For The Cause, a national nonprofit organization that builds homes near children’s hospitals around the country where the families of those patients can stay while they’re in treatment, primarily for cancer. Hogs For The Cause has already built one such house in New Orleans and is currently fundraising for another one in Baton Rouge.
And while that’s not as “local” as the Tickfaw 200 organizers tend to be with their charitable focus, they’re eager to help raise money for the outfit.
“They do a massive barbeque every year with like 35,000 people, except just like just us they couldn’t do their event last year and they can’t do it this year,” said Harrison. “Our thoughts on it were that we can’t just ‘sit silent’ for another year. So we reached out and talked to them, and they set up a donation link in the name of the Tickfaw 200 for us.”
Harrison and Fontenot are encouraging past and would-be future Tickfaw 200 participants to contribute through the link.
“All of the money goes directly to the charity—there’s no middle man,” said Harrison. “People may give, people may not give. But it can’t hurt to try.”
The Tickfaw 200 Poker Run will return in 2022.