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Charity Report: PokerGives Looks to US Cardrooms to Host Charity Events in September

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PokerGives is a non-profit organization set up to raise money for several major charities through its connections to the poker industry. And now, with September designated as National Poker Month, PokerGives is asking card rooms and casinos around the United States to celebrate by hosting charity tournaments to benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Special Olympics, and Step by Step Foundation.

Launched in 2008, PokerGives is dedicated to taking the generosity that is so prevalent in the poker industry and turning it into benefits for four mainstream charities. It was founded by Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner, all of whom have given countless hours and financial assistance to philanthropic efforts through the years. PokerGives allows them to pool their efforts through a 501(c)(3) organization to benefit various charities. And recently, PokerGives was recognized by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, who issued a proclamation to the organization declaring September as the official PokerGives Month.

Their goal for September is to organize a national effort to raise funds for worthy organizations. Their plea to casinos and card rooms across America is to select one day during the month to host a charity poker tournament, the proceeds of which will be divided - half to PokerGives for its designated charities and half to the prize pool for the players in the tournament. Each casino or card room should choose the buy-in amount that suits its patrons, though $50 per player plus rebuys is recommended. PokerGives will then handle all of the media and publicity for each venue that chooses to participate.

In addition, all participating facilities will be able to enlist their card room managers, as well as charity tournament winners, for a random drawing that will award prizes such as a seat in the WPT Invitational, a CardPlayer Cruises vacation, and buy-ins to various tournaments. And each card room itself will be entered into a separate drawing to win a meet-and-greet session and poker seminar with Sexton, Johnson, and Fisher.

Though card rooms and casinos are being contacted by PokerGives, any interest can be forwarded to PokerGives Director of Operations Michelle Richey via

The four charities to benefit from PokerGives’ efforts are ones not unfamiliar to the general public. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund gives aid to the families of U.S. military who were killed or severely wounded in the line of duty. Paralyzed Veterans of America supports those who were injured in their service to their country through health care assistance, SCI/D research and education, and the pursuance of benefits and rights through government organizations. Step by Step helps underprivileged children through educational programs about health and education, in addition to programs that fight for human rights in the name of children worldwide. And the Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities around the world in a way that allows them to compete in various sports activities.

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