It’s almost time for “The Big One” – for the uninitiated, that’s the Emerald Coast Poker Run. One of the largest and most popular charity poker runs in the nation, this boating extravaganza has been gracing the sparkling waters in and around Northwest Florida for more than 25 years. Let the countdown begin and get your boat (and yourself) ready for action: Exciting Boat Week events kick off Wednesday, August 7!
Boating for a Cause
The Emerald Coast Foundation’s annual Emerald Coast Poker Run is a boater’s dream event, with powerboats, fishing boats, pleasure boats, and other watercraft taking to the waterways around Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, and Pensacola. On Saturday, August 10, boaters navigate to designated stops along the route. The week culminates with a Poker Run Party featuring poker, blackjack, a silent auction, all-you-can-eat food, and an open bar to celebrate the memories made on the water.
Proceeds from this volunteer-run charity event go to the Emerald Coast Foundation, which works to help fund children’s charities and youth organizations in Northwest Florida. Charities supported by the Foundation include The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis Inc., Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center, and the All Sports Association. As of last year’s Boat Week, the Emerald Coast Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million with the Emerald Coast Poker Run and Boat Week events.
Boat Week Events
From Wednesday’s Boat Week kickoff party through the Saturday night Poker Run finish party, the week is overflowing with exciting activities and events. Here’s a sample of what’s on the agenda:
- Blues, Brews, and BBQ Party at AJ’s on the Bayou
- Miss Boat Week Bikini Contest at The Block Fort Walton Beach
- Sponsor Party at Floyd’s Shrimp House
- Rockin’ the Docks Captains Party at AJ’s Destin
- “The Big One” Poker Run – Stops open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Emerald Coast Poker Run Party at Emerald Coast Convention Center
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