The Homosassa Lions Club has found a way to provide a fun activity while, most importantly, raising funds for their charitable endeavors.
Everyone is invited to the Homosassa Lions Club Texas Hold’em Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Lions’ clubhouse, South Indiana Avenue/County Road 490E — Homosassa Trail — in Homosassa Springs.
Registration is from noon to 2 p.m., and play begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are a $40 donation.
“If you are familiar with poker, Texas Hold’em is similar to seven-card stud,” said event chairman Wayne Geary.
It is a game of strategy and suspense.
“Everybody starts with the same number of chips, but that can change quickly. They have one buy-back during the day, but you have to be totally out of chips in order to do that,” added co-chairman Judy Geary. “The first-place winner gets $500, second place gets $300 and third place wins $200.”
There will be an intermission every hour so the players can grab a bite to eat. The grill will be open with its regular menu such as hot dogs and hamburgers. Beverages will also be available.
According to Wayne Geary, there will also be a 50/50 drawing and raffles for at least three themed baskets. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5.
The Lions Club is rooted in philanthropy. Known for its support of eye care, the Homosassa club is no exception.
“We do eye exams for all of the schoolchildren in Citrus County using specialized equipment. If a problem is detected, a notice is sent home to the parents,” said publicity chairman Barbara Comeau.
The club is also known for its annual scholarship awarded to a Lecanto High School senior.
“After being selected through an application process, the winner receives $1,000 toward college tuition. If the student remains qualified, that could amount to $4,000 over the four years of college,” said treasurer Dana Comeau.
Barbara Comeau and Judy Geary were excited about the back-to-school shopping they just completed for qualified Homosassa Elementary School students.
“Each of the 20 children received two complete outfits including shoes and socks, and a backpack filled with all of their back-to-school supplies,” said Barbara Comeau. “All of that amounted to about $200 per student.”
“Our most lucrative fundraiser is our bingo every Monday night at the clubhouse,” said Judy Geary. “It is always a fun-filled night with free parking and free coffee.”
According to Dana Comeau, the Homosassa Lions support 17 Citrus County charities including Citrus County Blessings, Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches and Jessie’s Place.
“Our hardworking, 62-member club disburses all of our funds every year to our charitable causes,” said Dana Comeau.
For tickets and information about the Texas Hold’em Tournament, contact any Homosassa Lions Club member or call 812-569-5024.