Atlantic City Powerboat Rally Opens Registration

The New Jersey Powerboat Club’s signature event, the Atlantic City Powerboat Rally June 15-17 opened registration today. The cost for the event, which is limited to 50 powerboats of all kinds and runs from Toms River to the Golden Nugget Resorts and Casino in the famed Garden State gaming city, is $499 per boat. Extra passengers are $125 per person.

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Powerboats of all shapes and sizes are welcome in the Atlantic City Powerboat Rally.

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Why Performance-Boating Charity Starts—And Mostly Stays—At Home

These days, you’d be hard-press to find a locally organized poker run, or any kind of grassroots go-fast boating event, in which fundraising for charity isn’t a key component. And that’s a good thing, not just for the benefitting charities but for the general public’s perception of high-performance boating, which—fairly or unfairly—hasn’t always enjoyed the best reputation.

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For several good reasons, grassroots poker run organizers tend to fundraise for local causes. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Nowhere in the go-fast boating world does the expression “win-win” better apply.

But have you ever wondered how the organizers of these events choose their benefitting charities? There’s definitely more to it than simply attaching to a big-name nonprofit or going with the cause celebre of the day.

First and foremost, organizers want the money raised to go where it can do the most good. Nonprofit charities with big infrastructure costs are easy to rule out. The basic question is pretty simple: What percentage of each dollar raised actually goes to those served by a given charity?

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West Michigan Offshore Season Kick-Off Party Set For Saturday

The West Michigan Offshore annual business meeting and season kick-off party is coming up this Saturday and the WMO board members welcome both members and non-members to the attend the free event at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland, Mich.

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Boatwerks in Holland, Mich., is going to host the WMO season kick-off party this weekend. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Old Hickory Fun Run Shooting For Record-Setting Turnout And Fundraising

Organizers of the Tennessee Powerboat Club’s sixth annual Old Hickory Fun Run, Bar Crawl and Raft Up July 27-28 just outside Nashville are expecting their largest fleet and biggest fundraising effort to date for Operation Stand Down Tennessee, a non-profit veteran’s services organization. Last year, the event attracted 152 boats.

Lead organizer Chad Collier said the annual happening has raised more than $250,000 for charities since it started five years ago.

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Old Hickory Fun Run, Bar Crawl and Raft Up organizers are hoping for a record turnout that leads to record fundraising for Operation Stand Down Tennessee. 

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Lake Texoma Primed For New 'Texoma Throw Down' Fun Run

For the first time since a tragic accident happened nearly 12 years ago during the annual Highroller Poker Run on Lake Texoma, which borders Texas and Oklahoma, an organized fun run called the Texoma Throw Down is going to take place next month at a new marina in Kingston, Okla.

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Oklahoma's Jake Nossaman is planning to attend the first Texoma Throw Down on Lake Texoma. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Blind Tiger Highlights New Tickfaw 200 Poker Run Stops

Casey Harrison, one of the primary organizers of the annual Tickfaw 200 Poker Run hosted by Blood River Landing in Springfield, La., has a calmness about him that makes it seem like there’s not going to be thousands of people converging on the local waterways and establishments in just few weeks. That’s probably because he’s been here before.

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In a few weeks, the Louisiana Bayou is going to be consumed with performance boaters. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run Capping Entries At 120

In just its second year, the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run set for July 21 is facing a high-class problem. Demand for it slots in the Clayton, N.Y.-based event will soon outstrip supply. At present, there are 108 high-performance catamarans, V-bottoms and center consoles registered for the run.

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The 120 slots for the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run are filling fast. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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