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Vincent Lecavalier Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night Set for Wednesday, September 14 at T. Pepin Hospitality Centre

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Ever wanted to bluff your favorite sports hero off a big hand at the poker table? How about one of the top poker players in the world? Your chance will come on Wednesday, September 14th at the 5th Annual Vincent Lecavalier Texas Hold ‘Em Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa.

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The evening, presented by DEX Imaging, gets started at 6 p.m. with a private VIP/Players Draw Party, followed by the Wild Card Party featuring entertainment, a silent auction, chance drawings, casino gaming, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for all guests at 7:15 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital.

Join Tampa Bay Lightning stars Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and a host of top celebrities as they go ALL IN for a new season to benefit the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital. Other teammates scheduled to participate at this time include Teddy Purcell, Nate Thompson, Dana Tyrell, Victor Hedman, Steve Downie, Ryan Shannon, Adam Hall, Ryan Malone, Bruno Gervais and Hockey Legend, Phil Esposito.

And it’s not all just hockey. On hand will be champion boxers Antonio Tarver and Winky Wright, New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries, former MLB outfielder Gary Sheffield, former NFL place kicker Martin Gramatica, former NFL cornerback Donnie Abraham, Super Bowl MVP, Dexter Jackson, and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Regan Smith, as well as poker pros Joe Sebok, Matt “The Banker” Helm, and former WSOP Champion Jerry Yang. Not to be outdone, also on hand will be your favorite emcees, FOX 13’s Charley Belcher, 102.5 the Bone’s Mike “Cowhead” Calta, former NFL player Ian Beckles with WDAE, The Sports Animal, JP Peterson of 1010 CBS Sports Radio, and Drew Garabo from 97X.

“This center will leave a legacy for the children and families I’ve met and so many others like them for years to come. This has become a dream that matters much more to me than any success on the ice,” Lecavalier said.

The real winner will be Vinny’s pediatric cancer center, but players will win some of the more than $45,000 in prizes from the tournament and casino night, including a WSOP main event seat, Lightning season tickets and fantasy sports and poker travel packages. In addition, the celebrities will compete for a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice for the “last one standing’”. For those that are not as poker savvy, there are unlimited re-buys during the first hour of play to guarantee players will enjoy the action for a small donation. As an added incentive, any player who knocks out a celebrity will earn a “bounty” of autographed memorabilia.

VIP all access guest passes and spectator passes can be purchased online. All guests will receive an allotment of fun play chips at the beginning of the night. The chips have no cash value and are not redeemable for cash. They are intended for fun play only. For complete rules, or to register, visit www.vinny4.com or call 727.781.8183. For media inquiries, contact Liz Willyoung at 727.781.8183.

About the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Blood Disorders Center:

The new Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, offers new hope for children who are battling cancer and blood disorders. Backed by a $3 million commitment from the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation, the 28,000-square-foot Center opened in January of 2010 and is improving patient care and the healing process for children facing life-threatening illness. All Children’s Hospital is recognized as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the region, and has recently joined forces with John Hopkins Medicine, a world leader in treatment and research. In addition, All Children’s affiliations with the Children’s Oncology Group, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and the University of South Florida (USF Health) mean that children will have a better chance at overcoming cancer and realizing their dreams. Through this incredible Center, the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation strives to continue its mission: to build hope for children and families battling pediatric cancer and blood disorders and to fund medical research and pediatric patient care.

About the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation:

Vinny’s passion and desire for giving back has been with him since his youth when he volunteered to help children with medical and physical disabilities enjoy a normal childhood summer at camp. Upon joining the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, he continued to make community giving and charitable work a priority and a daily part of life. In 2005, Vinny established the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation with a vision of making a legacy commitment to his community. Through the foundation, Vinny has contributed significantly to local children’s hospital and other charitable causes through contributions, personal support and the donation of autographed merchandise to organizations, helping them to raise funds for their own causes. Others have welcomed visits with Vinny and his teammates and have witnessed the excitement of hockey for the first time providing their families with a much needed relief from their daily lives.

In 2007, and with the help of founding partners Kane’s Furniture, DEX Imaging and The Centers for Special Needs Trust Administration, Vinny chose his legacy and through the foundation pledged $3 million dollars to build the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

To learn more or make a donation, please visit www.vinny4.com.

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