The weekend of June 3rd couldn’t have been better, both for the boaters who participated under blue skies and in calm waters in the Jacksonville Poker Run, and for Camp Amigo, a North Florida camp for children burn victims. The charity event raised $22,000 on their behalf.
With most of the weekend’s events focused around Jacksonville Landing, early arriving boaters participated in a mini Fun Run on the Friday night while the main event took place Saturday. With checkpoints at places like Whitey’s Fish Camp and Ortega Landing, and a Saturday night party at Fionn MacCool’s, complete with live music from cover band, Something Distant, poker run participants enjoyed themselves fully, indulging in great food and fun, all the while raising funds for a very important cause.
During the Saturday evening festivities at Fionn MacCool’s, money was raised for Camp Amigo so as to ensure that children burn victims can continue to heal from their emotional and physical scars in a setting designed to provide them with the support they need.
Camp Amigo was created by firefighter, Rusty Roberts, after he saw just how beneficial it was for children burn victims in other places to be able to partake in a week’s worth of activities and fun in the company of other children burn victims and adult survivors. The first camp in North Florida was held back in 2001 and has continued each summer since, providing an all expenses paid fun getaway for children burn victims from the area.
While the team hosting the event did a great job of raising money from the Poker Run’s participants, Mark and Eileen Fischer, owners of Boats Direct USA and Off Lease Only, gave a big boost to the funds raised by matching the total amount of all other donations. With a whopping $22,000, Camp Amigo will be able to provide yet another fun filled week for children burn victims.
The Fischers regularly contribute to charity and assist needy families with car giveaways.
To learn more about Camp Amigo, visit their website.