Lanier Partners Board Members

Lanier Partners Board members take a break during a recent planning meeting. From left, first row: Richard Pickering, Dale Ozaki, Freddy Fonzo, Barkley Gieb; second row: Brenda Musone, Sheridan Renfroe Bazemore; third row, Leslie Kauk, Randy Kauk.

Plans are moving full steam ahead for the two-day Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in mid-July. Registration opened in early May and officials are expecting a good turnout.

The weekend of July 16-17 will see boats from across the Southeast converge on Lake Lanier to raise funds for children’s charities – Camp Twin Lakes, Camp Sunshine, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and Edmondson Telford Center.

The group has announced its officers for 2021, as well as three new board members. Officers Dale Ozaki, president; Bruce Longmore, vice president; Brenda Musone, secretary; Leslie Kauk, treasurer/CFO; and Barkley Geib, president emeritus. Seven board members round out the leadership team: Sheridan Renfroe Bazemore, Beth Curry, Rob Davidson, Freddy Fonzo, Dan Gordon, Randy Kauk, and Richard Pickering.

New board members

Atlanta native Sheridan Bazemore is a real estate agent who moved with her husband Augie to Lake Lanier in 2013. The couple has attended poker runs across the country and has been involved as participants for the Pirates of Lanier event since its inception. The couple also owns Container South, a regional shipping business.

Leslie Kauk has volunteered with Lanier Partners for the past four years, including working with Pickering to coordinate and organize the Holiday Parade of Lights. Her community service focuses on children’s charities. A lifelong boater, she is general manager of RainHarvest Systems in Cumming.

Richard Pickering has coordinated the Holiday Parade of Lights for the past several years. A SCUBA diver for more than four decades, he manages Lake Lanier Recovery Divers. As an active community volunteer, Pickering has worked as program coordinator for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes for 20 years.

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Photo: by Pamela A. Keene