For the third year running, the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) has been designated by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. as the official charity of the World Series of Poker. And as in years past, WSOP participants will have opportunities to find out more about the organization and contribute to the cause.
The primary fundraising venture for NVCI will be through the VIP Lounge at the Rio Convention Center. Word is that players could make a $2,500 donation to the NVCI and receive VIP parking and access to the Ace’s Club, a special lounge that provides food, beverages, massages, and a game room. While no one could confirm how much was raised for the charity via these donations, it was noted that the Ace’s Club was almost filled to capacity. All funds raised were going directly to NVCI for research.
Another way the organization plans to raise funds is through the Queen of Hearts team who will be playing in the $1000 Ladies World Championship event at the WSOP. The 34 women will be playing to raise funds and awareness for NVCI.
WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack said, “Nevada Cancer Institute is a wonderful community partner for the World Series of Poker. The work NVCI’s researchers and physicians are doing at NVCI resonates not only locally, but around the world by expanding the field of knowledge about this disease.”
NVCI President and Chief Executive Officer added, “The World Series of Poker brings an excitement and buzz that enhances the Las Vegas economy every summer. We are thrilled to be a community partner with the Harrah’s organization and are thankful for their dedication to the health and future of the community.”
The Nevada Cancer Institute is a non-profit organization and the official cancer institute for Nevada. Committed to the development of comprehensive cancer research, the finest scientists, researchers, educators, and caregivers are brought to the table for their knowledge and assistance. The hope is to help the estimated 11,300 Nevadans diagnosed with cancer just this year through research, education, early detection, prevention, and patient care. More information can be found at NevadaCancerInstitute.org .