Brad Garrett to host charity tournament

Brad Garrett

The 1736 Crisis Center is getting a boost April 20 with a charity poker tournament hosted by actor Brad Garrett at the Hollywood Park Casino.

The event will also feature Ray Romano, Mimi Rogers, Cyndy Violette, Joely Fisher, Anthony Anderson, Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli playing in what is slated to be a fun-filled day of poker, laughter and celebration.

"Brad will be hosting a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, and each hand played will be a strong step forward in ending the violence against women and children," said 1736 Crisis Center in a press release.

The 1736 Crisis Center operates an emergency youth shelter in Hermosa Beach and four shelters for domestic violence victims and their children at confidential locations throughout Los Angeles County.

"Homeless children, runaway teens and beaten wives/mothers are housed and protected completely free of charge," said Garrett in a letter on the 1736 Crisis Center Web site.

"They are given food, clothing, daily therapy, legal help, transportation, case management, and most important a home where they can thrive and feel safe with loving reinforcement from counselors and therapists in a 24-hour helpful, nourishing environment; something that every human being deserves, yet tens of thousands never receive."

The Center's five shelters, three clinics and five 24-hour emergency response stations, and its associated outreach services, helped approximately 25,000 abuse victims and children in 2007.

To provide these services, the Center relies 100% on grants and donations, and all the proceeds from the charity poker tournament will go to benefit the Center.

The tournament starts at 1 p.m., on April 20, and will have a $350 buy-in.

"And if you play like I do, you'll appreciate the opportunity to purchase additional buy-ins at only $100," Garrett said. The event will offer the $100 rebuys for the first hour of the tournament.

Not only will the 1736 Crisis Center benefit from the event, participants have a shot at prizes as well. The winner of the tournament will receive $10,000 cash, and the second-place finisher will get a seat in the 2009 World Poker Tour Invitational.

The final 10 players will receive prizes as well.

"I am grateful for your consideration. If you can't make it, please consider a donation," Garrett said. "There are also sponsorship opportunities for businesses that can further your company's goals while being charitable to this wonderful organization."

Buy-ins or donations can be sent to:

1736 Family Crisis Center
Attn: Poker Tournament
2116 Arlington Ave., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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