Earlier today, I interviewed Tana Karn, President of RunGood Gear and the RunGood Poker Series, about the “Keep The Lights On'” Initiative. During this COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people around the world have been affected, including individuals in world of poker. This fundraising drive is designed to help freelance poker media pay their utilities bills since they are out of work due to the cancellation and postponement of live poker tournaments, including the 2020 World Series of Poker.
Three organizations (PokerGO, Global Poker, and RunGood Gear) have teamed up with each naming a respective “Champion” as follows:
- PokerGO: Jeff Platt
- RunGood Gear: Jamie Kerstetter
- Global Poker: Brian Frenzal
Each champion will play in a total of 30 online poker tournaments on Global Poker over three weeks (10 per week) and will raise funds through donation pledges. Fans and supporters can either make a one-time donation or, if they want to play along at home (and what poker player doesn’t want a “sweat”?), can make a recurring donation pledge for every tournament their Champion cashes in. For example, if you pledge $5 and your champion cashes 8 times (out of 30 events), you will end up donating a total of $40 that will be added to the Keep the Lights On fund.
In an added bonus incentive for donors, every person who donates $5 or more to the winning team, will receive a private ticket to play an online qualifier with three seats up for grabs for the ALL-STARS PRO-AM LIVE EVENT at the PokerGO Studios in December. To be eligible, you must make your pledge by May 3rd, 2020.
I pledged per “in the money” to Keep The Lights On: Team @RunGoodGear RunGood with @JamieKerstetter on PledgeIt! https://t.co/cGrwRncO0F #GoJamie #GoCrouton #TeamRunGood #KeepTheLightsOn https://t.co/gvJ2m6EvBE
— Bernard Lee (@BernardLeePoker) April 27, 2020
Over and above the competition at the virtual felt, the PokerGO shop and RunGood Gear have designed an exclusive hoodie (only 50 are available) with 100% of the proceeds will go to the fund.
Poker players and fans, please consider purchasing this @RunGoodGear hoodie for $50 as all proceeds will go to support freelance poker media members who’ve found themselves out of work during the pandemic.https://t.co/n6iiNCLL3a pic.twitter.com/CwtlQdWXe1
— Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) April 27, 2020
if you are interested to learn how the funds will be distributed or if a member of the poker media and interested in learning more about how to receive funds, visit this page.
I hope everyone stays safe and continues to practice social distancing during this unprecedented time.