Jamie Gold has become quite the philanthropist. Since his 2006 World Series of Poker mainevent victory, he has played in numerous poker tournaments and cash games but has become more known for his charitable ways, through the hosting of and participation in charity tournaments for many different causes. This time, he will be part of an Oscar Night fundraiser in Hollywood to benefit Children Uniting Nations (CUN).
The event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, beginning at 10pm on Sunday night, February 22, as part of the Hollywood Reporter/CUN Gala, a black-tie party at which to dine and watch the Oscars. An awards celebration will honor those who have contributed greatly to CUN throughout the year, and the celebrity-studded party will then host a charity poker tournament at 10pm to benefit the organization.
Gold will host the fundraiser, which is supported by the poker website Aced.com, through which Gold recently became a sponsored player. Aced has donated the first place prize for the tournament - a seat to the 2009 WSOP main event worth $10,000, which includes an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and coaching by Gold prior to the tournament this summer. Tournament director Matt Savage is scheduled to manage the tournament, and pro players Howard Lederer and Lee Watkinson will attend. The tournament is open to the public, and the tax-deductible entry fees will be donated to CUN.
Children Uniting Nations is an organization that was founded to protect children who have no voice, such as those who are victims of financial or political situations, war, malnutrition, lack of education, or neglectful governments. CUN is dedicated to helping the children find ways to fulfill their dreams and lead productive, fulfilling lives. Founded as a mentoring program and continuing with that purpose, CUN pursues advocacy, funding, and mentoring to children in the foster care system and beyond who need help.