Poker Tournament Helps Fund Fenton Education Foundation

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Fenton, MI — March 6, 2020

Poker is a game that has been around for a long time. Seasoned gamblers will tell you it’s the only game in the casino where you are not playing against the house. Sure it takes some luck. But, when you watch those guys on TV play, an incredible amount of skill is required to compete at a high level.

Poker Tournament Winner, David Koehler
Poker Tournament Winner, David Koehler

Fenton has a legend that is closely tied to the game. The name of the city and many of its street names, supposedly, were determined by chance in a poker game among the town’s founders. You car read our version of the story by following this link.

The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grill / Lasco Press Photo

Last night the 15th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, benefiting the Fenton Education Foundation, was held at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grill. The tournament is one of the fundraisers put on each year by the Fenton Education Foundation, entry fees are a charitable donation to the fund that supports their efforts in the community. The grand prize? Just like Benjamin Rockwell, Robert LeRoy, and William Fenton, the winner gets to name a street in downtown Fenton.

About the Fenton Education Foundation

Since its founding in 2004, The Fenton Education Foundation has been focusing on strengthening our schools and community by partnering with businesses, parents, alumni and the community to raise funds for our district in support of both present and future needs.
The Foundation has been able to provide over $140,000 in teacher grants since its inception and also has an endowment fund that continues to grow. The Foundation has a Board of Directors made up of volunteers that are business owners, parents, and community members. In addition to the teacher’s grants, the Foundation also raises funds for specific needs within the district such as the Safety Campaign and the Positivity Project.

The Game

Naming a Fenton street for a year. Hmm, Lasco Press Parkway has a nice ring to it. I’m in, should be a fun night.

Tables set in the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grill / Lasco Press Photo

No one is going to confuse me with Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.” Apparently I didn’t know when to hold ’em or fold ’em. After a couple of hands won early, luck ran out too quickly. When my K-J lost to a K-Q it was all but over. Still, I managed to outlast about 2/3rds of the field and had some fun with a great group of guys at the table.

Our table included eventual 4th place finisher Ryan Valade, 2nd from the left / Lasco Press Photo

Alas, the Lasco Press Parkway signs will have to go back into storage until at least next year. Most importantly, the real winner was the Fenton Education Foundation. Next up on the calendar for the Foundation?

The 4th Annual Tee Up Fore Education Golf Outing is set for Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at the Spring Meadows County Club in Linden, MI. If you have additional questions or are interested in playing, sponsoring or donating to the event please visit the Foundation website.