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Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament Set for Sunday

 Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament Set for Sunday

Continuing a 45-year tradition of celebrities from a variety of entertainment genres supporting the officers who serve the citizens of Los Angeles, the Third Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament and Casino Night will be held on Sunday night.

Held at Avalon Hollywood, the long-running fundraiser is held to benefit employees of the Los Angeles Police Department and their immediate families who have experienced circumstances, such as death in the line of duty or debilitating illness that forced them out of the LAPD. The Foundation assists those widows and/or orphans of officers by ensuring that they have funds for immediate expenses and future ones such as college funding, medical care, or other necessities.

The poker world is throwing their support behind the Foundation’s fundraiser. PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable division of PokerStars and The Stars Group, is once again serving as a sponsor for the tournament. “Without their support, we may not be able to hold this event,” Al Atkins, the Executive Director of the Foundation, stated as his group prepared for the gala. “It means a great deal to us and we are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support.” As a part of their support for the Foundation, PokerStars and The Stars Group have contributed the Grand Prize for the celebrity poker tournament – a trip to participate in the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Paradise Island in the Bahamas this January.

PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, the Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.

Stepping up for the first time as a supporter of the gala is Poker Central. The organization, through its streaming service PokerGO, has been a part of the World Series of Poker and broadcast its own Super High Roller Bowl for the past three years. It is thought, through their support, that the celebrity poker tournament will be either broadcast live or taped for future broadcast on PokerGO.

In addition to raising needed funds for the Foundation, the group is taking the time this year to celebrate one of the people that have supported it. Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on September 22, is being feted by those attending the Foundation’s fundraiser. Lasorda has tirelessly worked to support the efforts of the Foundation over the years and they now are saying “Thank You” in a rather large way.

Some of the celebrities that will be on hand for the event include Lasorda, former Foundation Board of Directors member and Los Angeles Laker legend Jerry West, broadcasting legend Larry King, Rocky star Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed), Ultimate Fighting Champion legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, actress/model Joanna Krupa, former World Wrestling Entertainment “Diva” Torrie Wilson, and actor/poker player Lou Diamond Phillips, are all confirmed to be on the guest list. Former World Series of Poker Championship Event winner Jamie Gold and poker professional Maria Ho are confirmed from the roster of notable poker players to be coming to the event, but it is also possible that more could show up as well as other surprise guests.

The party will have something for everyone. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, a photo booth, raffles, and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment and sports items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & PIT maneuvers, dinner with Lasorda and more.

Tickets are still available for the event on Sunday night, with a seat at the poker tables with the glitterati costing $ 250 and a “party only” ticket going for $ 100. The money goes to a great cause as the charity fundraiser is the only one run by the Foundation for the year. For more details, be sure to visit the dedicated webpage for the event.

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WPT Foundation Helps Raise over $760,000 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 WPT Foundation Helps Raise over $760,000 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced today that it helped raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars for the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) via the “All In” for Kids Poker Tournament held about two weeks ago.

The event, which took place on October 27th at the Mandarin Oriental New York was billed as the largest-ever charity poker tournament to benefit a “major U.S. children’s hospital” (however specific that record may be).

“We are proud to once again partner with the WPT Foundation on this important and exciting event,” said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in a press release.  “We are especially grateful to our friends at The Kibel Foundation for their support, and to the physicians and staff in CHOP’s Cardiac Center, who have revolutionized the way children with heart conditions are cared for both in our local communities and around the world.”

There is not much public information out there about the Kibel Foundation, but it appears to be a charitable arm of the Kibel Company, a builder, owner, and operator of apartment buildings in New York City.

The “All In” for Kids Poker Tournament was founded in 2008 by Dan and Beth Shak. It was emceed this year by Phil Hellmuth and attended by the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Victor Ramdin, Jonathan Little, and Andy Frankenberger.

As mentioned the tournament, which raised $ 765,000, specifically benefited the Cardiac Center at CHOP. It specializes in treating children with congenital and acquired heart conditions and handles “more than 30,000 outpatient visits and 1,800 inpatient admissions annually.”

The proceeds of this tournament have gone to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia every year, but the benefiting center has been rotated. In addition to the Cardiac Center, money has gone to the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, the Division of Neurosurgery, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, the Center for Autism Research and Care, the Palliative Care Program, and Food Allergy Research.

Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, spoke to the importance of events like this:

All children deserve a future as free from the roadblocks to their dreams as possible, and the importance of helping those in need to have the resources to battle the health challenges they face cannot be emphasized enough. WPT Foundation is honored to support Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as it continues to provide life-changing healthcare to children through more than 150 years of extraordinary service. Together over the past four years we have raised more than $ 3 million.

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