TIGNISH -- The twenty-second annual Donald Gaudet Jr. Poker Run in aid of the Kidney Foundation has been the most successful so far.
The event, held Sunday, attracted 237 participants and raised $4,100 for the Kidney Foundation. The previous highs were last year when more than 160 participants raised $2,700 for the cause.
Although the poker run itself, which started and ended at the Tignish Legion, was for snowmobile and ATV enthusiasts, as in past years, some people who did not have machines also registered, just to support the Kidney Foundation.
The cause is a special one for run organizers Don and Ruby Gaudet, as they hold it every year in memory of their late son and to thank the Kidney Foundation for all of its support during his struggles with kidney disease. He passed away on February 4, 1990 at the age of 20. They were overwhelmed by the turn-out and thanked participants and volunteers for the support.
Prizes for best poker hands went to: 1. Rickey Arsenault for a full straight; 2. Lisa Doucette for three aces; and 3. Donna Gavin for three queens. They won moon boots, a modular helmet and a boat haul respectively.
Benjie Harper won the 50/50 and Kenny DesRoches won the draw for a winter coat.