Brian Campbell, defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, is asking you to put your money where your heart is as he hosts the 2nd Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, in conjunction with Horseshoe Casino, to raise funds for his foundation, “Campbell for Kids.”
The Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will take place on January 18, 2011, at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, inside Horseshoe Casino’s premier event facility, The Venue. Last year’s event raised $100,000 in net proceeds, an impressive amount for a first year tournament. "The support from my friends, teammates and the people of Chicago was tremendous. I look forward to growing my charity again this year and continuing to help kids and families in the Chicagoland area,” said Campbell. Funds from the 2010 event will be presented to Autism Speaks and Chicago’s Beard School at a formal check presentation hosted by the school on September 16, 2010.
Similar to last year’s poker tournament, guests will enjoy a star-filled gaming experience with tournament players that include members of the Chicago Blackhawks, Blackhawks Alumni, other celebrities and professional athletes. “As an added benefit to participants, any player who is responsible for eliminating an athlete or celebrity player from the tournament will literally get the Blackhawk’s jersey off his back,” said Campbell. Admission is $150 and includes drinks and dining, up-close tournament viewing, live casino gaming, entertainment and auctions with one of a kind packages. The Poker Tournament “buy-in” is an additional $175. Cash prizes will be awarded to the last standing tournament players.
Proceeds from this event will once again benefit the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks which is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and to funding research into prevention and treatment of Autism. The event will also benefit Chicago’s Beard School which provides educational programs for children, ages three through nine, who have severe autism and/or emotional disorders.
Campbell for Kids was established to raise funds for charities that serve children with special needs and learning disabilities throughout Chicago and the state of Illinois. “I wanted to find a way to give back to my community,” said Campbell. “But more importantly, I wanted to focus on organizations that are near and dear to my heart.” Campbell’s interest in helping children was sparked during his years in New York playing for the Buffalo Sabres. While in New York, Brian spent time volunteering at the Summit School which provides special education for children and young adults with disabilities.
For more information about the event and purchasing tickets, please visit www.campbellforkids.org. Please contact Clare McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for event partnership and sponsorship opportunities and to learn more about supporting Campbell for Kids.