The Commerce Journal

January 21, 2014

Going all in to support Commerce

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — It’s not exactly the World Series of Poker, but Commerce residents will have the chance to compete in a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament to win prizes and raise money for the Commerce Lions Club on March 1.

The fundraising event will take place at Sand Hills Country Club, with the tournament beginning at 7 p.m.

Tony Nixson, a Lions Club member, said the tournament, which raises approximately $5,000 per year, is one of the main ways the club raises funds for their service projects.

“It’s not just one or two different things,” he said. “The funds go toward scholarships, we sponsor two kids who go through Sam Walker’s basketball camp, ad anybody who comes in with something worthy.”

Along with the three $1,000 scholarships for Commerce High School students to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce, the club also donates funds to the Commerce Library Adult Literacy Program, the Commerce Community Cares, the Commerce Food Pantry and other charity and non-profit groups in Commerce, totalling approximately $11,000 per year in donations.

“We help the other clubs too, we just don’t recognize them.”

According to Nixson, the club keeps the funds raised all locally.

Nixson said the facility is set up for 88 players to participate, but if a larger crowd comes, “we can always get more.”

Prizes will include all-inclusive trips and various flat screen TVs.

“It’s for a good cause and a lot of fun,” he said.

The Lion’s Club is requesting a $25 donation to play in the tournament.