What’s In An Event Name?

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For the upcoming Ray Nuchereno Memorial Poker Run in Buffalo, N.Y., the answer is everything.

Earlier this year, Anthony Scioli, the man behind Elite Poker Runs LLC (http://elitepokerruns.com/), took over what was formerly called the Buffalo Poker Run from the Western New York Offshore Powerboat Association. The club wanted out of the poker run organizing and production game and Scioli, who had been instrumental in building the event into one of the strongest poker runs in the Northeast, was happy to add it to his event 2017 roster. In the interest of clarity and separation, Scioli renamed the event the Western New York Poker Run.

And then last month, Ray Nuchereno, a pivotal figure in the Western New York, high-performance powerboating community, died. More than a friend to Scioli and other go-fast powerboat enthusiasts in the area, the 59-year-old Nuchereno had been a driving force behind the success of the annual run on Lake Erie.

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Chef Mike’s Secret Ingredients—Love And Passion

Set just behind the unspoiled, gentle dunes of south Seaside Park, N.J., Chef Mike’s ABG restaurant has an intoxicating view of the Atlantic Ocean. And no one is more captivated by it than Mike Jurusz, the fine-dining venue’s owner and namesake.

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For one of the New Jersey Shore’s most popular restaurateurs and members of the local performance-boating community, giving back is a recipe for success. Photos courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

“From my ‘office,” I watch boats go by all day long,” said Jurusz, a former offshore powerboat racer who’s been cooking professionally for more than 30 years and bought the waterfront restaurant 10 years ago. “Sometimes I find myself day-dreaming when I watch the performance boats—I’m a performance-boat guy at heart—going by. I get chills. I feel the need to be on the water.

“That why I have an oceanfront restaurant,” he added. “So I can look out at the water and watch the boats go by.”

Last Friday, Jurusz took delivery of his latest boat, a 2001 Baja 29’ Outlaw powered by MerCruiser 350 Magnum engines, from Campisano Marine Center in Brick, N.J. He took delivery of the 29-footer, which he’s keeping at nearby Coty Marine in Toms River under the watchful eyes of his longtime friend and New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club president Dave Patnaude.

For a closer look at the involvement of Mike Jurusz and other volunteers during last weekend’s Shore Dreams For Kids event, check out the slideshow above.

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Just Married, Just Amazing

It’s safe to say that Grant Bruggemann, the owner/founder of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., and the throttleman for the STIHL offshore racing team and Kellie Lee, his dearest love and closest companion for the past four-and-a-half years, live and breathe high-performance powerboating. They work alongside one another six days a week at the famed rigging shop, and hit the road together on race weekends.


Less than a week after they tied the knot, Grant Bruggemann and Kellie Lee-Bruggemann found themselves working 3,000 miles from home. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

So no one who knew them was surprised that they chose the deck of the STIHL team’s Skater 388 catamaran as their local outdoor wedding chapel, so to speak, during the annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix a week-and-a-half ago. And why not? All their closest friends and family members were in town, many for the race and a few, such as Kellie’s best friend from Colorado, for the wedding. That Reverend Jim Black, a beloved figure even among diehard atheists and agnostics in the high-performance powerboating community, officiated the ceremony made it perfect.

Last than a week later, Grant Bruggemann and now Kellie Lee-Bruggemann found themselves in Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, one of the most breathtaking and romantic settings in the country.

But they weren’t there to honeymoon. They came to the lake to teach Southern Californian Chris Miller to drive a Skater 388 catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1350 engines he had recently purchased from Northern Californian Karl Koster.

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The Outer Reaches of Extended Family

Outerlimits owners Jason Moe and Burton Kirsten were swapping Mike Fiore stories over drinks a couple of days ago in Charlevoix, Mich. In town for the upcoming Boyne Thunder Poker Run this Saturday, they were joined by their immediate families and fellow Outerlimits owners Mark DiMichele, Mike Lucas, John Toker and their immediate families.

Kirsten surveyed the room and smiled. “Mike would have been proud,” he said.

Moe nodded.


While Jason and Laurie Moe were joined by a couple of expert deckhands in the form of their children Katelin and Colton, they also were surrounded by their extended Outerlimits family during yesterday’s run from Boyne City to Mackinac Island. Photo copyright Speedonthewater.com.

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All the Right Reasons: Reece/McMahan Memorial Fun Run Coming Soon

In less than a month, Kentucky boaters and many others from across the country will gather on Lake Cumberland to honor their friends from the lake—Art and Melissa McMahan and Anthony and Tammy Reece—exactly one year to the day from their passing following an accident during the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run on Georgia’s Lake Lanier.

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A Memorial Fun Run honoring Art and Melissa McMahan and Anthony and Tammy Reece, pictured here just before they died in an accident on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, is being held on Lake Cumberland next month. Photo by Jason Johnson

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