Boat Poker Run to Benefit Meals on Wheels – June 23 & 24


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 23-24.

Entering its 8th 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 speed boat preview will be held at the Downtown Anderson Block Party on Thursday evening, June 22.  On Friday June 23 at 11:00 am, a boat “fun run” sponsored by Clemson Marina will take place followed by an afternoon luau by the water at Big Water Marina.  Local favorite, The Eric Scott Band will be featured both at a street party on Friday night and at an after event party on Saturday night. Friday and Saturday nights 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 Monday, June 19 for $75.  After the 19th, onsite registration is required and increases to $85.  Visit the Hartwell Lake Poker Run website at 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 about 400 meals each weekday and nearly 500 volunteers give their time to assist in this mission.