FORT PIERCE — Mix in some sun, some adventure and bit of poker while raising money to fund marine research. If you’re over 19 years of age, and you happen to own a boat (or at least have a friend willing to share), consider participating in the “On the Water Poker Run” April 22 hosted by Fort Pierce Yacht Club.

The “On the Water Poker Run” will involve collecting five playing cards from different locations. Upon completion, each team will return to the Fort Pierce Yacht Club and submit their ‘poker hand’ in to the judges. The person/team with the top poker hands, and worst, will win a prize. You can also win for having the best decorated/themed dock and best decorated/themed boat.

Each ‘dealer point’/dock around Fort Pierce, which are available to event sponsors for advertising, will be spread out over a few miles north and south of the Inlet. Upon returning to Fort Pierce Yacht Club (no later than 3:45pm), local vendors will be there waiting to serve up food, drinks, and music.

This fundraising event is to raise money to fund a student summer research internship at FAU Harbor Branch. This is an opportunity for local students to do research in this critical field while furthering their education and career opportunities. FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute will speak at Third Thursdays at Fort Pierce Yacht Club on March 15 at 7 PM on how essential it is to educate the next generation in marine sciences research; a former intern and now research scientist will also speak on his experiences with the program.

“It’s just a little something that our Club can do to support our community, and the City of Fort Pierce’s long-term goal for vibrant and healthy waterfront,” said Jeff Thornton, Commodore of Fort Pierce Yacht Club. “But we can’t do it without the people who come out and participate, or without generous sponsors. As a team, our city can work together, hoping to help make good things happen, and we are honored to lead this effort.”

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