Despite the cancellation of the 17th Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run due to COVID-19, the event raised over $65,000 in 2020. At the virtual presentation of checks, the benefitting organizations, Camp Quality, Challenge Mountain, and Boyne City Main Street reported being able to maintain socially distanced and virtual programming with help from the funds received.
“When the decision was made to cancel the event, it was really important to the committee to still support the benefitting organizations as much as possible. The generosity of everyone involved is a great testament to the event and our community. This is truly amazing,” said Kelsie King-Duff, Executive Director of Boyne City Main Street.
The event has now raised almost $1.2 million total since its inception in 2004. This year, over $57,000 was donated by sponsors and participants who had signed up for the event. Over 400 official event t-shirts were also sold.
Boyne Thunder is coordinated by Boyne City Main Street and supports Camp Quality, a non-profit organization serving children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, Challenge Mountain, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation and Boyne City Main Street.
The poker run showcases 120 high performance boats from all over the country, roaring through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 130-mile excursion in search of the best poker hand. The 2021 event will take place on July 9 & 10. For more information about Boyne Thunder, visit www.boynethunder.com .