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Memorial Poker Run event raises funds for foundation

August 9, 2016 GMT

PICKWICK — Boaters will hit the lake for a cause this weekend as organizers present the 2nd Annual Carey Downs & Jeremie Floyd Memorial Boat Poker Run. Held in honor of the two late best friends, the fundraising event has been set for Saturday, Aug. 13. Participants may buy or pick up their prepaid event packages from 8 to 10 a.m. at Freddy T’s Restaurant. The poker run will continue on Pickwick Lake until 2 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: The player with the best hand will receive $3,000, the second place winner will be awarded $2,000 and the player who comes in third will earn $1,000. All proceeds will go to The Darryl Worley Foundation with the exception of a portion that will benefit the children of Carey Downs and Jeremie Floyd. In coordination with the event, a VIP Tailgate Party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at Sportman’s Boat Storage. A Darryl Worley and Friends, featuring Jonathan Singleton & The Grove, Shagadoo and Dixie Mafia will take place on the lake from 1 to 6 p.m., followed by a Poker hand check in from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Freddy T’s Club 50. Music and food will be enjoyed in the club from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Poker players can choose one of the following packages: VIP – $350 – Four poker hands, four event t-shirts, four lanyard event passes, VIP express hand opening, mooring on concert barge (weather permitting) and VIP Tailgate Party passes. (Additional Tees may be purchased for $15.) Deluxe – $250 – Four poker hands, four event pass wrist bands and four event t-shirts. (Additional tees may be purchased for $15.) Single Pass – $50 – One poker hand and one event pass wrist band. (Event tees may be purchased for $15.) Sponsored by the Pickwick Parrot Head Club, the annual poker run is held in memory of Downs and Floyd, who died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, when their boat hit a moored barge on the Yellow Creek. Downs was well known for his association with Pier 57 Marine in Counce. (Tickets may be purchased at www.PickwickPokerRun.com. For more information contact Marsha Floyd at Marsha!pier57motor sports.com or 731-689-4000. Freddy T’s Restaurant is located at 12750 Highway 57 in Counce, Tenn.)