A four-day event is being planned in Reno at the end of May, with sports legends descending upon the biggest little city for a good cause - to raise funds for the Evelyn Mount Community Outreach program. Though it all starts with a star-studded golf extravaganza, a poker tournament will highlight the activities.
The Legends of the Game Celebrity Tour will kick off on May 29th with a pairings party at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, and a two-day golf tournament will begin the following day. More than 40 sports legends are scheduled to participate in the game at the nearby LakeRidge Golf Course, including Gale Sayers, Vida Blue, George Gervin, Ken Griffey Sr., Tito Fuentes, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Lem Barney, Leroy Kelly, and Mel Renfro.
And on May 30, many of those poker legends will be participating in the Legends of the Game Celebrity Poker Tournament at the Peppermill. The tournament boasts of a $200 buy-in, half of which will be donated to the charity, the other half contributing to the prize pool for players. One $50 rebuy will be allowed per player during the first three levels, as will a $50 add-on at the first break. In addition, the sports legends will provide autographed shirts off their backs to players who eliminate them from the tournament.
Seats are limited for the tournament, so call (775) 826-2121, extension 77392 for reservations.
Proceeds from the charity events will be donated to an organization established by Reno-based philanthropist Evelyn Mount. She has been feeding the hungry from her own home for nearly 30 years and prepares food baskets to be delivered to thousands of needy families in the area during the holidays. Mount’s Community Outreach program started the effort with late husband Leon in 1976 by feeding 25 families in their own kitchen. Today, Mount feeds approximately 4,000 Nevada families.
It's not about the money...yeah, right! After losing $500,000 at blackjack and pai gow, it's about being too drunk to be allowed to gamble and the casino needs to step up to the plate and shoulder the blame and the loss.