"splash for the kids"
charity powerboat poker run


Help us achieve our goals and join with our sponsors to make a difference.

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Join the event and enjoy the scenic route on the water for a chance to win.

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Be apart of the Lafata Boat Poker Run by watching world-class boats.

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Event Details

Join us for an event you don’t want to miss on August 19, 2023 with a rain date scheduled for August 20. Starting at Metro Beach and covering miles of water, the participants will have a chance to win prizes while raising money for charity. The Lafata family non-profit poker run was created to benefit kids who have lost their parents.
those struggling financially with diabetes

Our charities

Ele's Place. A healing center for grieving children and teens

Ele's Place

Ele’s Place offers support to grieving children and young adults who have lost a parent, sibling or other close family and friends. Ranging from ages 3 to 25, people will be placed in age-appropriate groups and have facilitated conversation by trained volunteers and clinical staff. All programs are free of charge.

Tennessee Children's Home

Tennessee Children's Home

Tennessee Children's Home offers four different campuses where displaced families and youth can be provided with safety and love in a Christian environment. Each person that is apart of the Tennessee Children's home are influenced to live healthy physical, mental, social, and Christian lives. With many different ways to help, the children's home has become a safe environment to see God's love.

Our Sponsors

Special thanks to the many that made the Boat Run possible, including Miller Marina.

Gold Sponsor Level

- Slip assignment *

- Prominent spot to display product

- Premium placement of corporate logo on printed materials and our event t-shirt

- Captain’s gift

- Wristbands for 6 people to attend

- Link from the Lafata Boat Poker Run website to your company’s website

- 1 boat registration

**Slip spaces are determined by many factors including sponsorship level


The Lafata Poker Boat Run will have multiple stops along the way, we recommend some of the following locations to have the best view.

metro beach

31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045

Portofino Restaurant

3455 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Cabana Blue Sports Bar & Grill

7317 Dyke Rd, Clay Township, MI 48001

Brownie's on the Lake

24214 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080


The run starts at Metro Beach with breakfast and a brief driver's meeting. The event will also conclude at Metro Beach with a dinner, DJ, and prizes for best card hand; and finally, the check presentation.

After the initial meeting at Metro Beach, you will make stops at Portofino Restaurant, Cabana Blue for lunch, Brownie's on the Lake, and finish back at Metro Beach. All food will be provided by Board Bubba's BBQ. Stops will be refined once closer to event pending water levels.

Participants will pick up on an envelope at designated spots, and whoever has the best hand at the end win. The poker hands will be revealed after the run has been completed. Prizes include: Apple Watch, Ipad, yeti cooler.

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