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Poker Stars and Celebrities Came Out to Play for Charity

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The H.O.M.E. Foundation's Celebrity Casino Royale poker tournament kicked off on Tuesday, May 24th to raise money and awareness for outstanding charities that include spcaLA and the I'm Too Young For This Cancer foundation.

One of the top women poker players in the world, Annie Duke, came out to play poker and raise money for charity.  Annie is a WSOP winner, author, 'Celebrity Apprentice' star, and Commissioner of Federated Sports and Gaming, and even though she didn't make the final table, the casino crowd cheered her on. Stars that did make the final table were Dancing with the Stars alumni Shannon Elizabeth and ABC's "Off the Map" star Nicholas Gonzalez.

WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, a natural crowd pleaser, was right at home in the action, along with other guest celebrities including Actors Benito Martinez, Michael Gladis, Carl Weathers, Josh Henderson and Corey Feldman, among others.  Some reality stars that fared well against the poker pros included "Survivor" winner Judson Birza, "Real Housewives of Orange County" stars Alexis and Jim Bellino and "Amazing Race" contestants and Pro Poker Players Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle.

The real winners at Celebrity Casino Royale are the benefitting charities - the I'm Too Young For This Cancer Foundation and spcaLA. The H.O.M.E. Foundation has committed to raising $200,000 for the charities.  This event set it on the way to achieving that goal by raising much needed funds and awareness for amazing causes according to Frank Verdguo, president of the H.O.M.E. Foundation and event host.

While the main attraction was the poker tournament, Celebrity Casino Royale also featured a casino area including blackjack and roulette table. Up for grabs in the poker tournament were some very major prizes like Original Steve Soffa Watches, a Buy In to the WSOP and a $13,000 European Vacation, among trips to Dublin, Scotland, Italy, and Costa Rica. Over 100 VIP guests, poker stars, and celebrities attended the fund raising event and those that stayed to the end were treated to the musical performances of FATMAGIC, iHEARTStereo, and Shancey.

The H.O.M.E. Foundation thanks its friends and sponsors including Andrew Lakey, Ayala 1972, Bellanza Med Spa, Biz Marketing, Charity Lives, Delta, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico, Kalia Living, My Mixed Nuts, and Steve Soffa (the official bracelet designer for the World Series of Poker).

About The H.O.M.E. Foundation:
The H.O.M.E. Foundation believes that helping others means everything. Our mission is to help charities reach their fundraising goals and to bring awareness to their praiseworthy causes. We¹re excited to announce the launch of our H.O.M.E. Foundation Raffle, with the grand prize being a fully furnished luxury home in Los Angeles, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional prizes, which will serve as a fundraiser for deserving non-profits across the country.

About spcaLA:
spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education and a variety of shelter services.  For more information on spcaLA visit
About I¹m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation:
70,000 young adult Americans age 15-40 are diagnosed with cancer each year; one every eight minutes. The I¹m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation is the nation¹s largest support community for this next generation of patients, survivors and caregivers. Connect online at
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