Boating for a Cause

MAYFIELD – Kayakers and canoeists took to the waters of the Sacandaga Lake on Saturday to play a game of poker to help the local hospice.

More than 30 people helped raise money for the Mountain Valley Hospice during the poker run section of the fourth annual Charity Cup Regatta Party, Sailing Regatta and Poker Run for Hospice.

Lisa McCoy of Mountain Valley Hospice said the events for the day included a regatta that would be running for most of a day out of the Mayfield Yacht Club, and a cocktail regatta party at The Inn at the Bridge.

McCoy said the event welcomed people of all ages to participate.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary performed safety checks on vessels for free before the start of the poker run.

Cheryl Armstrong of Rondack Roots Marina, who was hosting the poker run, said this was the third year the poker run portion of the event was being held. She said this year’s event saw an increase from last year, and added so far the poker run had raised $240 more than the previous year’s poker run.

Armstrong explained the object of the run was to stop at five different points along a roughly two-and-a-half-mile-long circle and collect a different playing card, chosen at random. At the finish line, participants could try to get a better hand by paying $10 for another card.

The person with the winning poker hand would get to take home a new kayak.

“We want to do what we can to help the Mountain Valley Hospice,” Armstrong said.

McCoy said last year’s entire event raised $6,000 for the hospice. She said they were hoping for more this year, since participation was up, in part because of the great sailing weather.

“We’re lucky because we’re so dependent on the weather,” McCoy said.