Foundation Kickoff EventPrint This Post Dec 15th, 2008 | By admin | Category: EGF News
On Saturday, December 6 Eddie Guardado and 31 of his MLB buddies started their 4th annual poker tournament in The Venetian Poker Room in Las Vegas. The gathering also served as the inaugural charity event for The Eddie Guardado Foundation. All players were vying for the bragging rights and “The Force” championship watch provided by Charriol fine jewelry.
Bobby Kielty, Oakland A’s Outfielder, was the two time reigning champion and made the final table for the third time in three years.
The weekend started with some golf and then a private VIP reception Friday night at The Palazzo Las Vegas inside the Sportsbook Bar & Grill. The reception was held in support of EGF’s efforts to offer direct financial support for families faced with the high cost of therapy and treatment for their children affected by Autism.
There was also a silent auction held by SEMG (a division of Sports Nation Enterprises, Inc) and Kaenon Polarized showed off a beautiful table of their sunglasses. Both of “Ava’s Friends” donated a portion of their proceeds to the Foundation. Many thanks to both Alan Burt of Kaenon and Irving Widelitz of SEMG.
The Palazzo Sportsbook Bar & Grill was the ideal place to kick off the series of weekend events for this group as they felt right at home with all the sports memorabilia adorning the walls and the latest sporting events playing on all 70+ televisions found in the venue. The environment was private and relaxing allowing our guests to enjoy all the amenities of the club.
The evening was highlighted by a short video giving Eddie’s friends a good laugh while explaining the mission of EGF to guests not familiar with the Foundation. EGF wishes to sincerely thank the Venetian for hosting the fabulous weekend. Feedback on the venue from the guests was terrific and all said they would be happy to return next year. We’d especially like to thank the hard work and hospitality of the following Venetian personnel:
- Anthony Tricase - Executive Director, Casino Marketing
- Charlie Nelson - Casino Host
- Kim Sapp - Director of Special Events
- Daniel Staub - Assistant Director, Property Marketing
- LeAnn Tinch - Manager, Communications
- Chris Gleason - Palazzo Race & Sports Book
- Amy Carlson - Public Relations
And special thanks to Michelle Hurdt, Coordinator-Special Events for pulling everything together for us.
Oh, and we can’t forget possibly the happiest person we’ve ever met, Alex Dunphy, who worked the registration desk for the VIP reception.
By Saturday afternoon we had our Poker champion: Oakland A’s First Baseman, Frank Thomas. For his win, Frank claims bragging rights for an entire year, a crystal plaque commemorating his win, and a Charriol watch from the Force Collection. The watch is steel and leather with diamond bezel, retailing for $6,590.
Chicago Cubs Outfielder, Reed Johnson took home 2nd place and a Charriol watch from the Columbus Collection. Bob Wells, retired Minnesota Twins Pitcher, captured the third spot and a Charriol watch from the Actor Collection.
In addition to the winners, final table players included:
- 4th Joel Hanrahan
- 5th Matthew Lawton
- 6th Jerry white
- 7th Milton Bradley
- 8th Robert Kielty
- 9th Mark Redman
- 10th Glen Perkins
It was a terrific kickoff event for the Eddie Guardado Foundation raising thousands of dollars even though that wasn’t the focus of the weekend. Thanks to all who donated. We look forward to another strong poker showing next year and we anticipate seeing everyone back again after the 09 season for lots of fun - and helping families in need.