Good times were had by all at this year’s 2nd Annual NYC Poker Run. Cheers, and thanks, to Silvio Conte for the conception of this great new The NYC event last year, and for another truly successful chapter this year. It’s gaining strength!
Silvio, and his first mate (and also wife) Debbie, spent countless hours planning and preparing for this year’s Poker Run and the “stakes were high” but it all paid off and was a “Full Hand”. Everyone was rewarded with fantastic weather – a bit of a hit-and-miss this year for sure. The many sponsors, volunteers, The NYC staff and members involved were also key ingredients to the growing success of this (hopefully) annual event. Let’s keep it a “Straight.”
There were 28 boats involved, with five separate stops to pick up cards in and around the Toronto Islands, and then a fun couple of “happy hour” hours on the water, rafted or only a short swim away. I know – brrrrrrrr!!!! After the return to The NYC around 1800, the fun continued with a superb dinner and lots of “Liquid Aces,” the actual Poker Tournament, and then some great boogying on the dance floor until the wee hours with DJ Don and his “Art of Music” at the DJ Dance Helm. It was a “Full House” all evening long.
The major sponsors were Redpath and Johnstone & Cowling – LLP.
The winners were:
- 1st place: 3 Aces – Andy Pollock – Pier 4 Marina
- 2nd place: 3 of 5 – Bruce & Lori Spragg – NYC
- 3rd place: 3 of 4 – Neill & Mary Lou MacMillan – NYC
Major gift supporters:
- Steam Whistle
- Barefoot Wines
- Warner Bros
- + Over $6,000 retail value of donated items for silent auction.
Whoever thought Poker and Boats would be such a great mix?! It takes a lot of people and the right Captain at the helm to make an event of this scope happen. Fortunately The NYC has such people – too many to list – led by our Captain, Silvio Conte. He and Debbie made this event a “Straight Flush” for sure! Silvio hopes to “up the ante” for next year – so plan to “play your cards” when it’s “time to call!”
by Don Williams
Dock Committee Chair