Keys Island Runners Hometown Poker Run To Benefit Local Autism Organization

Keys Island Runners Hometown Poker Run To Benefit Local Autism Organization

Born and raised in Key West, Fla., Daniel Garcia, IlI, organizes casual go-fast boating events open to all comers throughout the Florida Keys. But the events he produces in his hometown are among his favorites, and one of them‚ the Keys Island Runners Autism Acceptance Poker Run, is tap this weekend.

A Keys Island Runners event in the hometown of the group’s leader and founder is on tap this weekend. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“Autism just a soft spot for me,” explained Garcia, who founded the Keys Island Runners Group through Instagram. “I have two cousins that have Autism and some close friends whose children have it as well. It’s something that we are seeing a lot more with our children in the Florida Keys these days.

“Hearing stories from my friends, I truly know that this program helps the families in need,” he continued. “So it’s only right for Keys Island Runners to help out when we can.  ”

Registration for the run, which will benefit, the nonprofit Autism Society of the Keys group, will be open tomorrow afternoon at the docks behind the Beachside Resort in Key West.

The weekend itinerary includes early an Friday evening raft-up off Sunset Key, followed by a “meet-and-greet” event and additional registration at the host venue. The poker run starts Saturday and includes stops at Wisteria Island and Woman Key.

A poolside party and card-hand play at the Beachside Resort followed by an “after party” upstairs at Rick’s on Duval Street will follow.

“I’m expecting about 50 boats for the run,” Garcia said, then chuckled. “But I always think low and it always ends up being more.”

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