Poker night raises thousands for families fighting childhood cancer
Canby's first annual poker night fundraiser is in the books, and thousands of dollars were raised for Canby families who are fighting childhood cancer.
The "All In Against Childhood Cancer" night, organized by Canby residents Tim Austen, Ryan Oliver and Ken Arrigotti, took place on Saturday, Sept. 23. More than a hundred people gathered in the Backstop's upstairs Antonia Ballroom to support the cause.
Arrigotti, who owns the Backstop, donated the space, food and drinks. He reportedly cooked up 400 pounds of ribs for the event.
At the end of the night, after bellies were satisfied and poker winners were paid, $7,500 was raised, which will go directly to Canby families struggling with the disease.
"Thank you all who helped put this together," Austen said. "This money will help some families that have been through a lot."
Though guests came to give their money away, many walked out with either raffle prizes or poker payouts.
Forty-three people played in the poker tournament. Rich Boley took the big payout at $500, edging out J.D. Elder, who came in second. Tracy Moreland came in third, Brian Hodson took fourth, and Ryan Adams got his money back at fifth place.
Austen was happy with the success of the event and the funds raised, but he's hoping to up the ante next year.
"We're going to shoot to double it next year," Austen said.