The Mike Beasley Memorial Foundation was established in 2001 in memory of Duskin Point Marina owner Mike Beasley, who lost his life in a boating accident in May of that year.
Each year the organization hosts its annual poker run on Lewis Smith Lake and then distributes the proceeds from the event to various nonprofit organizations in the Smith Lake area.
This year a total of $33,000 was raised during the event and during last week’s dinner Beasley’s father, Harold Beasley, thanked everyone who was involved in this year’s Poker Run.
“We couldn’t do this without the people who give their time and money to help to make this event a such a huge success each year,” Beasley said. “There are no words to say thank to everyone, from our event organizers, corporate sponsors, volunteers and participants, for all they have done over the past 11 years.”
Beasley said one of the many organizations receiving grants this year included the Smith Lake Task Force, which was also established in 2001 as a result of his son’s accident.
“The Smith Lake Task Force does a wonderful job and we’re proud to be able to continue to help them in anyway we can,” Beasley said. “The Task Force uses special underwater cameras and equipment as well as divers to locate victims of boating and drowning accidents and we appreciate all they do not only on Smith Lake, but wherever they’re needed in the state of Alabama.”
Other grants from this year’s poker run included Curry Fire and Rescue in Walker County; Arley, Addison, Black Pond, and Double Springs Fire Departments in Winston County; Crane Hill and Helicon Fire Departments in Cullman County; Addison and Haleyville Rescue Squads in Winston County; the Smith Lake Civic Association in Walker County; the Winston Advocacy Group; and Biscuits and Bones Animal Rescue in Arley.