Between their registration fees and their next-level live auction generosity, participants in the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run, set for July 13-15 this year, bring significant dollars to the annual Clayton, N.Y., event. But long before the first boat even touches the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the event organizers have already secured sponsorship funding.
Set for July 13-15, the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run happens on one of the most beautiful waterways in the country. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
That process will kick off February 14 when sponsor registration opens on the event’s website.
“Our sponsors are the key to getting our event off the ground,” explained Renee Lalonde, who works alongside her husband, Ken, Alexandra Buduson, Bobby Cantwell, Jeff Morgan, Dave Montroy (new to the organizing committee but a longtime event backer) and Courtney Rutherford to help produce the event. “With sponsors by our side, we’re sure to make memories and wishes come true for some of the most vulnerable.
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“In 2022, sponsorships totaled $116,500 and we donated $136,000,” she continued. “Obviously, we had profit from the auction and other sponsorships that went into our operating revenues.”
Proceeds from the entire happening go to Make-A-Wish of Central New York, the Wellness Program at River Hospital in nearby Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and local first-responder agencies
Also based in Alexandria, Aqua-Mania its reprising its role as the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run presenting sponsor. But come February 14 sponsorship packages from $500 to $25,000 will be available.
Last year’s 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run raised $102,000 for Make-A-Wish of Central New York.
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