The seventh annual North Coast Poker Championship, hosted by the Sandusky Rotary, aims to put players’ skills to the test, all to benefit the Rotary Star Program at The Sandusky State Theatre.
The State Theatre’s program foots the bill for hundreds of area students attending shows with educational components, including “The Rosa Parks Story,” “Pinkalicious” and “Rumpelstiltskin.”
The poker championship also helps fund free workshops the State Theatre provides at local schools.
“Many children never step foot in a theater or participate in performance arts,” said Nancy Beach, Rotary liaison and co-creator of the Rotary Star program. She’s also co-creator of the poker tournament.
“Studies show kids in arts have higher self esteem, are better in math and science, and are more likely to go on to college and become professionals.”
Part of the Rotary’s mission is to build good citizens and future Rotarians, so this makes the State Theatre’s event a good match, Beach said.
Rotary members stepped up this year to help fund the arts program after years of budget cuts. The program was offered to Margaretta, Perkins and Sandusky schools, as well as St. Mary Central Catholic High School.
“The kids love it,” said Thomas Kazmierczak, executive director at the State Theatre.
Want to go?
What: North Coast "Super Saturday" Poker Championship
When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday with $50 early bird entry fee. Doors open then open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a $100 entry fee to the main event.
Where: Kalahari Resorts
Info: Go to www.northcoastpokerchampionships.com/ or call 419-202-0399.