Vince Neil, lead singer of Motley Crue and recreational poker player, will be hosting his Third Annual Off the Strip Poker Tournament on November 3rd, 2007. It will benefit the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund and the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Last year, more than 140 entrants came to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas to participate in the charity tournament. Poker pros like Tom McEvoy, Kenna James, and Chip and Karina Jett joined in the festivities along with numerous famed musicians and entertainment figures. In the two years that the event has been held thus far, more than $300,000 has been raised for the two charities, and along with other fundraisers like golf tournaments, more than $2 million has been raised in total.
This year's event will take place at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Casino. On Saturday, November 3rd at 3pm, the cocktail reception and live charity auction will begin featuring memorabilia from the worlds of sports, music and entertainment, and the festivities will be hosted by various to-be-named adult film stars. This will be followed by the no-limit hold'em poker tournament at 4pm. Seating is limited to the first 150 entrants due to limited space, and the buy-in will be $500+$50. Rebuys and add-ons will be offered during the first four rounds of play, and separate donations to the charities are also welcome. The ten players who end up at the final table will receive a piece of the guaranteed $50,000 prize pool.
All proceeds from the tournament and auction will benefit two charities close to Vince Neil's heart. The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund was formed in 1995 after the death of Neil's four-year old daughter Skylar. She suffered from stomach cancer, and in her honor, Neil established the foundation that collects and donates funds to organizations for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.
The T.J. Martell Foundation was the brainchild of a teenage boy who wanted to raise a million dollars for leukemia research so that it would be possible for him to reach his nineteenth birthday. Though T.J. Martell died before he could do so, his father, an executive in the music industry, vowed to uphold that promise. Tony Martell started the organization in 1975 and has since donated more than $225 million to research centers for the treatments and eventual cures of leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
More information, including registration forms and sponsorship details, can be found at www.skylarneil.org.