World Poker Champion to Host Fundraiser Benefiting Children Uniting Nations at Oscar Night Gala
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2009 — When the Oscar crowd leaves the Kodak Theater on Sunday, February 22nd, the top nominees, winners, and invited guests attending the Hollywood Reporter/CUN Gala to celebrate and mingle, are in for a exciting evening of festivities, as World Series of Poker Champion Jamie Gold has agreed to host a charity poker tournament benefiting Children Uniting Nations. There is a tax deductable "buy-in" and the players will be seated next to Jamie, pro players and celebs. In addition to this charitable decision to abandon LA's biggest tournament.
Gold's new sponsor ACED has donated an very generous award...the lucky winner will have a once in a lifetime priceless opportunity: a $10,000 seat into the world's most prestigious poker event, along with an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas, private dinner and complete coaching by champion Gold prior to the main event, the best chance our winner can cash in for over 10,000,000 dollars and be poker's next world champion! The CUN Viewing event is to raise money and awareness for foster and at-risk youth through schools and mentorship programs.
The black tie evening includes dinner and airing of the Oscars followed by presentations to notable and varied individuals supporting CUN, including the Black Eyed Peas and Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass. The evening performances include Colby O'Donis, JabbawockeeZ, Sophie B Hawkins, Doug E Fresh, Teairra Mari and DJ AM and more.
When asked why such a bold move, Gold answered, "Some things are more important than trying to win $7 million dollars! These kids need our help." CUN founder Daphna Ziman commented, "What an amazing act of selflessness and generosity, we are deeply touched and thankful!"
Seating is extremely limited and the event is open to the public. Tournament Directors Association founder Matt Savage will kick-off the charity tournament at 10 PM. Starting with 30 celebrity players, anyone wishing to participate in the charity poker tournament may bid on a seat made available by their favorite celebrity. All proceeds will benefit CUN. The CUN Charity Poker tournament is a GreasieWheels production. To get involved call Juliette Harris 310-577-1122.
SOURCE Children Uniting Nations