Benefit RC Hosts Poker Run Fundraiser At Richland Chambers Lake


By Michelle Vineyard

The 2022 “Fuel the Firefighters” Poker Run was held at The Harbor Restaurant in Corsicana on Saturday, August 6, 2022. This event is hosted by Benefit RC, a non profit 501C organization founded with the goal of giving back to the Richland Chambers Lake area. This is an annual event, benefitting five local volunteer fire departments including R/C 287, Kerens, Eureka, Mildred, and Southern Oaks. With the current drought conditions ravaging the state, there is no undoubtedly a need for support for our hardworking local fire departments.
The event includes a lunch, silent auction, live auction, and entertainment, with the proceeds going to support the fire departments with the purchase of supplies and equipment necessary to their operations. This year the lunch included barbeque from local legendary Pitmaster Kevin Bludso, and a bar provided by The Harbor. Live music entertainment was provided by The Fog, a local band led by John Teel. This year was also the first year that the live auction was conducted by an auctioneer. The live auction featured beautiful and unique items crafted by local lake artisans, amazing experiences, and delicious desserts. While the full tally of this year’s event is not yet complete, the event is estimated to exceed the amount raised last year, which was $50,000. Over the past six years, the benefit has donated over $218,000 to the local departments.
An indirect impact of this event is that it will help over time to reduce property owner’s insurance, according to Linda Denning, a board member with Benefit RC. She also stressed their appreciation for our local volunteer firefighters for all their hard work, and the generosity of the sponsors. “We absolutely could not do what we do, without the support of our sponsors”, she stated.
As a note donations are tax-deductible and there are different sponsorship levels: Captain, Commander, Admiral, and Flagship with sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $2,500+. For more information on how you can help through sponsorship and donations contact (903)874-0003 or email

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