Manchester, NH, July 17, 2018
Manchester, NH – Hundreds of participants enjoyed the day as they traveled on or around Lake Winnipesaukee at this year’s 18th Annual HK Powersports Land and Lake Poker Run on July 14. This event is the region’s hottest land and lake poker run and is dedicated to Peter Makris, the late owner of the NASWA Resort, each year.
Participants traveled by cars, motorcycles, boats, personal watercrafts, trucks and mustangs. This year the goal was to raise $100,000 in one day for Easterseals programs and services to help people of all ages with disabilities and special needs. And thanks to a special end-of-day rally started by Shane Brady of Brady Sullivan, a major sponsor of the event, the fundraising goal was met!
To take part, participants collected sealed playing cards from a variety of fun checkpoints with games and raffles on and around the lake before heading to the NASWA Resort. At the NASWA, participants played their poker hand and enjoyed the huge beach party loaded with an amazing buffet by Sysco, music from Crown Entertainment, beach games and prizes sponsored by Coors Light and The Cohen Family, and other family-fun activities throughout the day including an exciting live auction which raised over $25,000!
“My family and I are so happy we can be a part of the Easterseals Poker run as the title sponsor. Not only has this event become an exciting summer staple in the Lakes Region because of everyone’s hard work and devotion, but it brings so many generous people together to raise money for Easterseals families. I was blown away this year by people’s participation and sentiment. The amount raised was above and beyond what was expected, and will help so many people through this organization, which makes our hearts happy. We would like to thank Sea-Doo for their assistance in part with the great prize that we are able to provide," said Lisa Whalley, General Manager of HK Powersports Laconia, NH.
The High Roller’s Club, sponsored by Watermark Marine Supply, raised the stakes for serious players. Congratulations to the High Roller’s Club winner, Sherry Lacourse of Bedford, land winner Jessica Lievens of Belmont, NH, and lake winner Bonnie DeMotte of Pittsburg, PA. The Grand Prize Raffle sponsored by HK Powersports, Sea-Doo, BRP, Winnipesaukee Marine Construction, and Irwin Marine. The SeaDoo was won by Ray Dore of Rochester, NH, the ATV by Dan Daigle of Pelham, NH, the canoe by Shane Brady of Candia, NH, the kayak by Dacia Carvell of Mars Hill, ME, and the grill by Kara Chase of Belmont, NH.
In addition to presenting sponsor HK Powersports, other major sponsors include: The NASWA Resort, Mix 94.1, Brady Sullivan, Lakes Region Casino, Irwin Marine, Atlantic Broadband, Bank of New Hampshire, Belknap Subaru, The Cohen Family, Amerigas, Watermark Marine Supply, Sysco of Northern New England, Manchester Harley-Davidson, Baron’s Appliances, Zero Waste and Recycling Services Inc., Silver Image Photography, South End Media LLC, Plastic Distributors and Fabricators Inc., Pepsi, Amoskeag Beverages, Northeast Communications and Crown Entertainment.