Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:47

Poker tournament in Swift Current raises money for JDRF

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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The Southwest Type 1 Sharps hosted its 4th annual JDRF Poker Tournament, to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation April 6.


Each year, the tournament raises between $10,000 to $15,000 for the foundation, and this year was no different, with $12,000 raised.
“That’s our unofficial total, because it doesn’t include our sponsorship money, which is still trickling in,” explained Michelle Steinley with the Type 1 Sharps, one of the event organizers.
“We collect sponsorships all year, which covers both the poker tournament and the Walk to Cure Diabetes, but this is a really nice amount to raise in one day.”
For many patrons, participation in the event is simply an effort to support the cause. For others, it’s a unique opportunity to be a part of a large poker event, and possibly win more money.
“There is a pretty good poker crowd in Swift Current, a lot of people who play regularly at the casino and who are looking for bigger games like this,” Steinley said. “This is a bigger money game than what some of the other clubs put on, and I think a lot of people come out to this event for that.”
In addition to plenty of support in the form of players, the Type 1 Sharps also see a lot of participation from sponsors. Sponsors including Southwest Terminal and Diamond Energy come back year after year to support the event, and Steinley added they saw a number of new sponsors this year, also.
“We always find someone new every year who wants to help out, and we find that once we form a relationship with someone, they are always coming back to support us,” she noted. “We had some great silent auction prizes this year to go with our spring theme, and our partners make this event easier every year.”
Volunteers and dealers also come back each spring to help out with the tournament, and since most people are familiar with the tournament, it’s more a matter of getting the word out to people about when and where the tournament will be, and how to get tickets.
“Probably three quarters of the players are returning every year, but we always see some new players and hope they continue to come back,” said Steinley. “It’s a lot of fun, with a chance to win some big prizes. We are always so grateful to everyone who comes out and supports this event, because it’s for a really good cause.”

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