In this edition of Community Conversations, Skip Hunter interviews Mario Pereira, KCIW’s second Texas Hold’em at High Noon Tournament Champion. With the City of Brookings’ radio tower as a backdrop, the tournament was held on February 28, 2016 at the Brookings Elks Lodge. KCIW has an agreement with the City to be able to tap into that radio tower – a generous opportunity for KCIW.

Tournament Winner Mario Pereira

Tournament Winner Mario Pereira

Mr. Pereira, the facilities director for Sutter Coast Hospital, is a regular Texas Hold’em player at Lucky Seven Casino in Smith River.  Besides the biggest gift card prize purse, our tournament champion receives a custom, hand-carved plaque made by local master wood craftsman Michael Noonan.

Second place prize was earned by Elie Hobeika, M.D., who is a doctor at Sutter Coast Hospital.  Third place went to Brookings resident, Jerry Norman – KCIW’s very first founding member. Top five players also included Lee Forest of Harbor. Players in the top five received a share of a prize pool over $2,000 awarded through gift cards from our local Fred Meyer store.

KCIW’s signature fundraising event was well-attended by Texas Hold’em enthusiasts and volunteers who have big hearts. KCIW will hold tournaments every quarter with the 3rd event scheduled for early June, 2016.

Very special thanks go to all of our sponsors and …

The City of Brookings staff and leaders for their steadfast support of Curry Coast Community Radio,

Marine Corps League newsletter publisher, veteran Mike Noonan, for all his hard work and for building the portable custom poker tables used in the tournament,

KCIW’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board members, and volunteers who make the event extra special with added touches such as the 21 free raffle prizes giveaway handled completely by Advisory Board member, Jim Newman.  Newman also is the kitchen boss of the all star kitchen crew that included Julie Schmelzer, Curry County Director of Administration and Economic Development,

Curry Coastal Pilot, especially Jane Stebbins, for the support and coverage of KCIW’s journey to get on the air, and

Azam Carlson for being a true gift to KCIW as our volunteer coordinator. If you want to know more about volunteering with the KCIW family, our Facebook page is a great place to visit!

Hosts: Skip Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only

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