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Poker Pro Bernard Lee Hosts Gift-Giving Event for Homeless Families

 Poker Pro Bernard Lee Hosts Gift Giving Event for Homeless Families

After writing a story about how a casino is possibly trying to pull one over on its customers, how about a nice poker-related story for the holiday season? Professional poker player Bernard Lee, who hosts the Bernard Lee Poker Show on Rounders Radio and is the former co-host of ESPN’s poker news show Inside Deal, hosted an event this past weekend to provide gifts to the members of 40 homeless families.

The event was sponsored by Lee’s Full House Charity Program and held at the Perkins Community Center in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston through a partnership with FamilyAid Boston. FamilyAid provides shelter, housing, and services for homeless families. It does more than just give people shelter for a night (which in itself is great), but also works with families to try to get them into affordable homes and provide them with the support to improve their lives and avoid homelessness forever.

“This is the most challenging time of the year for families experiencing homelessness,” said Annie Gordon, FamilyAid Boston’s director of development and external affairs, in a press release. “Parents worry that they won’t be able to fulfill their children’s holiday wishes and pay the bills at the same time, which puts a strain on the whole family during an already stressful time. Bernard and his family are not only providing parents and children with items that they want and need — they are also giving them joy and peace of mind.”

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this event is that Bernard Lee didn’t just bring a truckload of dolls, basketballs, and stuffed animals for the kids (again, this would have been great). Instead, he had accepted wish lists from the children in advance and brought personalized gifts for everyone. The gifts certainly could have been dolls, basketballs, and stuffed animals, but they ranged widely, depending on what the children really wanted.

“It’s a privilege to link up with a century-old organization like FamilyAid, which has long stood for helping Boston residents and kids,” Lee said. “My program has become a family tradition, especially for my own two children, who are a huge reason for the program’s success. Our goal has always been to bring joy to New England families during the holiday season. More than anything, I love seeing the children smile when they receive the specific gifts they wished for. My family and I always look forward to this event.”

In addition to this event, Lee’s Full House Charity Program distributes funds to charitable organizations around the Boston community year-round. Lee and his daughter also flew to Houston last month to help out four families who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey, giving them gifts that were on their wish list. Lee also sent supplies and gift cards to people in Florida and Puerto Rico to help in their recovery from Hurricane Irma.

On a personal note, Bernard Lee was one of the first poker pros I ever met when I first started in the poker industry, covering the World Series of Poker in 2005. He was extremely generous with his time and was happy to shoot the breeze with me away from the action, making me feel welcome in a hectic environment. I was not at all surprised when I first started hearing about his charitable endeavors several years ago.

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“The Bernard Lee Poker Show” Celebrates 10th Anniversary

 “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” Celebrates 10th Anniversary

It doesn’t seem like it could be possible, but one of the longest running poker radio broadcasts in the industry will be celebrating its 10th anniversary soon. In commemoration of this achievement, there are big plans to celebrate with the fans, including giveaways and special guests that will last into 2018.

Poker player Bernard Lee began his eponymous radio broadcast, “The Bernard Lee Poker Show,” back in 2007 in the Boston area and has been able to carry on the broadcast for the entirety of the last decade, albeit on different outlets. As a way of celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the show, Lee is taking the broadcast back to an old home (2010-13) in the Boston area. “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” will air on the Money Matters Radio Network (1120AM and 102.9FM) at 6PM on Tuesdays.

“When I set out more than 10 years ago to launch a poker radio show in Boston, I never could have dreamed it would have been met with such a positive reaction and go on to be shared with listeners worldwide. I’m a poker fan first and a player second, which I believe has been the key to providing listeners a poker show they continue to find interesting and informative,” Lee said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to host the show for these past 10 years, and I look forward to many, many more!”

Jason Wolfe, the General Manager of Money Matters Radio, seemed to be happy about the return of Lee also. “We are thrilled to have one of the premier poker shows back on our network,” Wolfe noted during the announcement of Lee’s anniversary celebration. “Lee attracts first-rate guests, which always makes for compelling content. Our listeners will be excited to have the show back on our airwaves,”

Coming on as the sponsor for the 10th anniversary festivities is, which also has served as a sponsor for Lee’s poker endeavors on the felt. “Bernard is a great ambassador not only for RunGoodGear, but also for the entire poker community,” Tana Karn, the president of RunGoodGear, stated. “Bernard has done a fantastic job supporting us and we are pleased to be part of this joyous celebration.”

If you think that this is going to be a mild celebration, then you’re in for a surprise. Listeners to “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” are going to be the recipients of several gifts to celebrate the occasion. Those listeners who follow Lee on Twitter (the link to his Twitter feed is here) and retweet or like contest announcements will be entered into the contests. Listeners can also get into the game by following Lee on Instagram (link here).

Over the next three months, Lee will be handing out a wealth of prizes to his listeners. T-shirts commemorating the 10th Anniversary of “The Bernard Lee Poker Show,” buy ins to tournaments at the Borgata and tickets to the VooDoo Zip Line at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas are the top prizes over the next three months. There will be other prizes awarded, including seats at the All-In for CP Charity Poker event in Las Vegas and RunGoodGear merchandise, until the close of the celebration in February 2018.

The guest list for the party is just starting to take shape as well. Featured guests will be a part of “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” that run the gamut of poker history. In May, 2005 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner Joe Hachem will join Lee on the air, with June bringing the defending WSOP Player of the Year Jason Mercier and July the 2012 WSOP Championship Event victor Greg Merson. Future shows will feature the current defending World Champion, Qui Nguyen, and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton.

For his part, Lee is going to look to make his 10th anniversary special from the playing arena. Lee has earned more than $ 2 million in his career on the felt, with his best cash dating to the 2010 WSOP Circuit championship in Hammond, IN ($ 236,368). With such success, however, there are a couple of things that have been more important to Lee: his family and his community. Lee is a devoted family man who has given back to his Massachusetts community, especially with a toy drive for families in need during the Christmas season.

Be sure to check out “The Bernard Lee Poker Show” as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, especially if you can get Money Matters Radio in Boston (1120AM and 102.9 FM) or on one of its affiliates. Congratulations to Bernard and here’s to another ten years of poker broadcasting excellence!

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Poker Professional Bernard Lee Delivers Holiday Packages for Families in Northeast

 Poker Professional Bernard Lee Delivers Holiday Packages for Families in Northeast

Marking his fifth year of public service, poker professional and host of his eponymously named poker program Bernard Lee delivered holiday packages to 50 children in the Milford, MA area a few days prior to Christmas through his Full House Charity Program.

“I’m thrilled to bring the Full House Charity Program to a new location this year. My family and I were excited to meet new families and help them celebrate the holiday season,” said Lee, a Wayland, Mass. resident whose son and daughter who helped him distribute the packages on Wednesday. “It gives me great joy to see the children smile when we hand them their packages. I’m so grateful my good fortune in the poker world allows me to give back to the community.”

Lee has privately done this deed before, but 2015 brought some additional support. Chili’s Grill and Bar and the Eastern Poker Tour co-sponsored the event with Lee and added in some goodies of their own to the recipients of Lee’s outreach. The goods that each family received were impressive, as were the gifts for the individual children.

Each family received gift certificates that will cover the cost of a family meal at Chili’s. Every child received a holiday package that includes winter clothing, books, Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines, board games, sports balls, art supplies, stuffed animals and toys. Many of the toys and games were donated by the Eastern Poker Tour and RunGoodGear poker pros. Lee received and honored specific requests from every child and, all totaled, the amount of the gifts to the families exceeded $ 10,000.

Lee and his children met with Milford Youth Center families and handed out packages at the Marchegiano Club in Milford on Wednesday, something that was heartwarming to the staff. “We are excited Bernard could join us at the Milford Youth Center to celebrate the holiday season with some of our families. It is heartwarming to watch giving in action, and to know the children we serve each day are benefitting from the generosity of others,” said Sidney De Jesus, the center director.

The other organizations were more than happy to partner with Lee in his joyous celebration. “This is the third year in a row that the Eastern Poker Tour has partnered with Bernard to make a positive impact on the lives of families,” EPT President Glenn McCrory said. “Bernard is a long-time member of the EPT family as both a player and commentator, so it was natural for us to join him for such a great cause. We were also floored by our players’ generosity and excitement to help out a great local cause!”

“Chili’s appreciates the opportunity to spread holiday cheer at the Milford Youth Center,” said Patrick McClelland, area director of Chili’s Grill and Bar. “We look forward to this event each year knowing that we are helping make the holidays more enjoyable for families in Milford.”

Lee’s actions demonstrate the true meaning of the holiday season in looking out for your fellow man. Here’s wishing another five years – and even more – to Lee’s Full House Charity Program and the best of the season to those who benefitted from the organizations’ gifts.

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