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Saturday, August 8, 2020

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    Good afternoon to our wonderful and loyal supporters.

    After further consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel this year’s run.

    We are heartbroken about this, but are not giving up on raising money for our kids. We’ve got something awesome in the works and will make that announcement as soon as we finalize all the details.

    If you have already registered for the Poker Run, please hang tight. We will be contacting you.

    Thank you again for supporting the kids. Please stay tuned!

    Peggy King
    President
    Emerald Coast Foundation

    The Emerald Coast Foundation is proud to announce

    Boat Week on the Emerald Coast will be back in 2021!


    Powerboats, fishing boats, pleasure boats, and all in between, will fill the waterways for one of the largest and most popular charity poker runs in the USA! Affectionately called “The Big One,” the Emerald Coast Poker Run has been held along the beautiful waters in and around Destin, Florida for over 25 years.

    Boat Week events start with a bang Wednesday night, and continue to “The Big One” Poker Run party Saturday night. It is truly a week of excitement, boating, fun, and helping kids.

    All proceeds from Emerald Coast Boat Week and Poker Run go to the recipient children’s charities of the Emerald Coast Foundation. This event was started 25 years ago to help the youth of our local area have a chance at a brighter future. Without the ECF, these kids would go without, and that is not acceptable to us.

    As of Boat Week last year, the Emerald Coast Foundation has raised over $2.5 million dollars for our local kids in need. What an impact! This is a volunteer run event. There are no paid employees. Every penny goes to the kids. We do it out of love and dedication to our community and our kids. Please join us for the one and only ORIGINAL Emerald Coast Poker Run! Help us help the kids who need it most.

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    Emerald Coast Foundation, Poker Run

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    Emerald Coast Foundation, Poker Run
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    To provide support, resources, and funding to local children’s charities, in order that they may achieve all their goals.

    A little about us...

    The strength of the Emerald Coast Foundation is its ability to achieve its mission: ECF is committed to “Investing in Youth” in Northwest Florida. This capacity is encapsulated in a number of fund raising activities that take place throughout the calendar year. The largest is the Emerald Coast Poker Run, held in August each year.
    The Emerald Coast Foundation is the only not-for-profit organization that puts forth such effort, for the sole purpose of expanding its charitable reward and helping our most precious resource: the children of our community. To date, we have raised over 2 million dollars for our causes.