In addition to knowing Bart Simpson, as she is his voice on the television show “The Simpsons,” Nancy Cartwright also knows poker and charity. And each year, she puts those together to host Monte Carlo Night at her home in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. Together with a group of poker pros and celebrities, she will host the event for the fourth year running on October 3rd event to raise funds for PALS (Police Activities League Supporters), a program of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The theme of the 2009 event will be Denim & Diamonds, which means it will be a casual barbecue dinner with line dancing and live music to match, but attendees are asked to dress up those jeans with a little bling. Festivities of the evening that starts at 6pm include a variety of casino games, entertainment, dancing, an auction, and a raffle, and the proceeds from the activities will benefit PALS. In addition, there will be the annual no-limit hold’em tournament, which requires a $125 buy-in and will award World Series of Poker satellite entries for the top five finishers.
The cost for the evening is $125 for entry and $250 total for those who want to play in the poker tournament. All tickets are open to the public and tax deductible, and they can be reserved by calling (818) 882-7336 or at www.Devonshire-PALS.org. Once the reservation is confirmed, the address to the Cartwright house will be given.
Scheduled to participate are Jamie Gold, Jerry Yang, Men Nguyen, Barbara Enright, Susie Isaacs, Linda Johnson, Kenna James, Marsha Waggoner, and Mary Jones, though others are expected to confirm as the date approaches. Among the celebrity invitees are Camryn Manheim, Sinbad, Brad Garrett, Anne Archer, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Bell, Michelle Stafford, Patrick Cassidy, and Nathan Osmond. Others who are on the hosting committee and may or may not attend are John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, and Micky Dolenz.
Benefiting from the Fourth Annual Monte Carlo Night will be PALS, the LAPD Devonshire program that works to deter gang activity and prevent crime in the San Fernando Valley by offering after-school and weekend activities. PALS has been doing work in the community for more than 30 years to help teens and at-risk children build strong, positive relationships with the LAPD and guide the youth in a positive direction.