Brian Campbell, defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, announced today the date of his 2nd Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, a charity event held in conjunction with Horseshoe Casino to raise funds for his foundation, “Campbell for Kids.” The tournament will take place on Tuesday January 18, 2011, at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, inside their premier event facility, The Venue. Last year’s sold-out event raised $100,000 in net proceeds for autism charities. More information about the event, including a link to purchase tickets can be found at www.campbellforkids.org.
"The support from my friends, teammates and the people of Chicago for the inaugural tournament last year was tremendous,” said Campbell. “I look forward to an even bigger event this year and continuing to help kids and families in the Chicagoland area.” Funds from the 2010 event were 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 event, 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 a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items. 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 is a foundation 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.
About Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell, a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and a three-time NHL All-Star, is entering his 12th season in the league and third with the Blackhawks. The 31-year-old blueliner has racked up 236 assists, 285 points and 161 penalty minutes in 561 career regular season NHL games which includes 90 points (14G, 76A) in two seasons with Chicago. Campbell has helped his teams reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last five seasons, collecting 35 points (7G, 28A) in 83 career postseason games. The Blackhawks posted a 15-4 record with Campbell in the lineup during their run to the 2010 Stanley Cup. The Strathroy, Ontario, native tallied the only assist on Chicago’s overtime, Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Finals on June 9, 2010.
An NHL All-Star in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Campbell has also skated with the Buffalo Sabres (1999-2008) and San Jose Sharks (2008) before being signed as a free agent by the Blackhawks on July 1, 2008. Prior to turning pro, Campbell captured the 1999 Memorial Cup as a member of the Ottawa 67’s (Ontario Hockey League).
Campbell for Kids
Brian Campbell, defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, is founder of the Campbell for Kids organization. The mission of the foundation is to raise funds for charities throughout Chicago and Illinois that service children with special needs and learning disabilities. For more information, visit www.campbellforkids.org.