Locals showed up on Sept. 23 for food, drinks and poker, all to raise funds for Canby families struggling with the disease.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Tim Austen and Ryan Oliver hand out raffle prizes at the 'All In Against Childhood Cancer' fundraiser night on Sept. 23.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.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Forty-three participants enjoyed the poker tournament at the 'All In' night Sept. 23.

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.

Kristen Wohlers
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