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Charity Report: Mike Sexton to Host Event for Paralyzed Vets

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On Tuesday, February 5, in Washington, D.C., Mike Sexton will host the first ever charity poker tournament and silent auction to raise awareness and funds for the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Joining him as a co-host will be NASCAR legend Richard Petty.

The events will take place at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., beginning with a general reception that includes a silent auction, followed up with a poker tournament and dinner. Prizes available include a $10,000 entry into the 2008 World Poker Tour’s L.A. Poker Classic at the end of February, a trip to Richard Petty’s Driving Experience that includes airfare and hotel accommodations, and trips to Las Vegas and Orlando Florida that also include airfare and hotel accommodations.

Numerous well-known poker pros are expected to attend at the request of the highly-respected Sexton, as well as sports stars, celebrities like Montel Williams, and high-ranking political figures in Washington like Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole.

Individual tickets to the poker tournament and reception are available for $1000, though $250 tickets are available to non-poker players who simply want to attend the event. In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available from $10,000 to $100,000. To purchase tickets or gather more information, contact Tamala Scott at (202) 416-7673 or, or visit

All proceeds from the silent auction and poker tournament will be donated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease, and all veterans with disabilities.

PVA was founded in 1946 and has worked tirelessly for many years to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord injuries or diseases. The organization is a leading advocate for health care, disease research and education, veterans’ rights and benefits, architectural accessibility, sports programs, and disability rights.

Sexton, a war veteran himself, has been an advocate and charitable contributor to the organization for years. When the World Poker Tour commentator and veteran poker pro won the 2006 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions for a $1 million prize, he donated half of it to five different charities equally, one being the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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