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Israel’s 2nd Annual Variety Charity Poker Tournament Raises $300,000 for Special Needs Children

For just the second time, Israel played host to a large-scale charity poker tournament fundraiser. Attended by local celebs, business people, and other notables, the event succeeded in raising $300,000 for special needs children through the Variety Fund. Notably, the event’s profile was boosted by the participation of poker pros Melanie Weisner, Michael Mizrachi, and Patrik Antonius, who flew in from abroad to play and show their support for the charitable organization’s efforts.

Here’s our recap, which includes some videos and pictures that really capture the special feel of the night’s festivities.

2018 Global Poker Award Charitable Initiative of the Year Acceptance Speech

Unfortunately unable to attend the 2018 Global Poker Awards ceremony in Las Vegas at the PokerGO studios, I was given the opportunity to send in a video of my acceptance speech for having been honored with the Charitable Initiative of the Year distinction.

A shortened version of the video was aired during the awards broadcast. This post contains the full video along with a transcript and relevant links and images.

Family First: Bernard Lee Marks 8th Annual Holiday Charity Drive

Some holiday traditions are truly beautiful, none more so than glorious customs of giving. For the eight straight year, Bernard Lee and his children have put together and distributed personalized gift packages to families in their local area of Boston affected by homelessness.

Reading about the efforts of this great poker player and generous-spirited human being will warm your hearts, and perhaps inspire you to spread some holiday cheer of your own to those less fortunate.

Heroes for Heroes Charity Poker Event Honors Gene Simmons, Raises $300K for LA Police Memorial Foundation

Over 250 people, celebrities and notable poker names among them, gathered together to raise $300,000 for the LA Police Memorial Foundation. The night’s honoree was KISS rock ‘n’ roll legend Gene Simmons who was recognized for his stellar longtime support of the charitable organization.

Read our report of what went down at the event, the “who’s who” list of attendees, the surprising tournament winner and his shocking gesture after claiming top prize.

Charity Poker Taking Over Nashville at the Music City Shootout on October 19

On October 19, Nashville, Tennessee will play host to the Music City Shootout, a charity poker tournament being held to benefit Mother to Mother, a nonprofit organization the provides needy infants and children with vital social services and health and wellness items.

Tax-deductible buy-in tickets of $300 entitle players to a seat at the tables and the chance to win the grand prize, a seat at the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Hundreds of players are expected to attend, including online poker sensation Chris Moorman and 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer.

First Ever Large-Scale Charity Poker Event in Israel Raises $180,000 for Special Needs Children

For the first time ever, Israel has finally hosted its own large-scale charity poker tournament fundraiser. Spearheaded by local tennis legend Andy Ram, with the participation of the Israel Poker Academy, and attended by local celebs, business people, and other notables, the event succeeded in raising $180,000 for special needs children through the Variety Fund.

Here’s our recap, which includes some videos and pictures that really capture the special feel of the night’s festivities.