Poker Run Boaters Have Fun - And Give Back

Poker Run Boaters Have Fun - And Give Back

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Boaters revved their engines to cruise along the St. Lawrence River on Saturday. 

It's the first-ever Thousand Islands Poker Run in Clayton and it benefits a number of charities. 

Boats were lined up and ready to participate. Dennis Poulin is an avid boater, and one of the many people who brought his friends out for the cause.

"It's all about giving back," he said. "We're fortunate enough we can do this boating -- and the community, it's a wonderful town."

The Thousand Islands have had poker runs before, but this is the first of its kind in Clayton. 

Boaters pick up a playing card at each stop. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.

"It gives you a really good feeling to help people that are in need or maybe not as fortunate as yourself," boater and poker run organizer Nolan Ferris said.

Seventy participants headed to Ogdensburg, then to Cape Vincent and back to Clayton.

All the money raised will go to River Hospital's Wellness Program, Clayton and Alexandria Bay's fire departments, and the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service.

Organizers are calling this year a success and say they'll be ready to run again next year. 

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