Pad­dle Poker Run nets $4600

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

The an­nual Pad­dle Poker Run has a cham­pion in Lucinda Forbes, who, for nine years straight, has been the char­i­ta­ble event’s top fundraiser.

The run, which takes place ev­ery year at Hy­brid Ma­rine near Sum­mer­stown, is a ma­jor fundraiser for the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Corn­wall and District.

This year, Ms. Forbes brought in $2,205.

Asked why she’s so pas­sion­ate about the event, she ex­plains that her mother, Estelle, suf­fered from de­men­tia while she was in a nurs­ing home from 2008 un­til 2014.

“I was there ev­ery­day and I saw how Alzheimers and de­men­tia af­fects peo­ple,” she says.

Ms. Forbes was front and cen­tre at Hy­brid Ma­rine on July 21, when the event took place. Al­though she didn’t par­tic­i­pate, she cheered on the dozens of peo­ple who loaded them­selves into kayaks and ca­noes for the fun wa­ter event.

Josée Roy-Pilon, cam­paign co­or­di­na­tor for the so­ci­ety, says a hun­dred peo­ple showed up and raised $4,600.

She hopes that even more peo­ple will turn out next year when the run cel­e­brates its tenth an­niver­sary.

The Pad­dle Poker Run was started by Hy­brid Ma­rine owner Blair Bell in 2010. He started it as a trib­ute to his mother, who passed away of the dis­ease.

STEVEN WARBURTON PHO­TOS

PAD­DLE POKER RUN: Above, North Lan­caster res­i­dent Lucinda Forbes was the top fundraiser for this year’s Pad­dle Poker Run, which ben­e­fits the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Corn­wall and DIstrict. She raised $2,205 for this year’s event. At left, Me­lanie Tardif of...

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