Norfolk, VA (WAVY) - It's proven to be a flashy, but also an effective way to raise money for cancer research. The Mid-Atlantic Powerboating Association held it's fifth annual Powerboating for a Cure Poker Run through the water ways of Hampton Roads on Saturday, with hundreds attending to lend a hand.
"Between Susan Komen the last two years and the American Cancer Society the first two years, we've given them over $100 thousand," revealed Bob Veith, president of the MAPBA and the event's chair. This year, the poker run raised $35,000 for Susan G. Komen, the second largest cancer fundraiser in the world, and gave an additional $5,000 to the American General Contracter's Scholarship Fund.
"This year is probably the biggest and the best turnout that we've had and it's wonderful," said Sharon Laderberg, executive director of Susan G. Komen's tidewater region. The event, which first started under a different sponsor in 2000, featured over 300 participants and 65 boats.
Veith is hoping that number increases to 100 boats in the near-future, but has no complaints of the record turnout over the weekend. "Everything this whole weekend has just gone perfect," he said.
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