The Hartwell Lake Poker Run benefiting Meals on Wheels will bring more than 200 boats to Hartwell Lake and Big Water Marina the weekend of June 8-9.

Entering its ninth year, the Hartwell Lake Poker Run kicks off the summer boating season in the area. Boaters from all over the Southeast will converge at Big Water Marina, then visit five different scenic locations on the lake to collect poker cards. At the end of the day, boaters gather back at the marina to see who has been dealt the best hand. A cash prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the best hand, with second and third place hands winning prizes of $750 and $500.

In addition to the action of the poker run itself, a morning boat “fun run” to Clemson and a night time kickoff party featuring a live auction and local favorite, The Eric Scott Band, will be held on Friday, June 8. Saturday, June 9, poker run day, will feature Corey Stevenson and his band, Radio Rebellion, and Tailgate Homeboys with music from 11:00 am until…, including an after event party on Saturday night. Both Friday and Saturday will offer great music, great food and a great time! Even if not participating in the actual boat poker run, the community is invited to join in the festivities, all being held at Big Water Marina. Join in the fun and help support a worthy cause!

Online registration for boaters is available through Sunday, June 3, for $75. After the this date, onsite registration is required and increases to $85. Visit the Hartwell Lake Poker Run website at www.hartwelllakepokerrun.com or call (864) 225-6800 for event and registration information.

All proceeds from this event will help feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County through the Meals on Wheels home delivery meal program. Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers over 400 meals each weekday and approximately 500 volunteers give their time to assist in this mission.