Ex-"Baywatch" babe Carmen Electra was joined by a slew of poker pros and fellow celebrities when she hosted a charity poker tournament and silent auction at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas June 3 to benefit brain tumor survivors. The night included a poker tournament, a dinner party and a silent auction.
The poker night was run by tournament director Matt Savage, and helped raise nearly $100,000 for Head to Hollywood, a non-profit program of the Pituitary Network Association co-founded by Electra, whose mother died from a malignant brain tumor in 1998, and US Magazine weekly editor Ken Baker, a brain tumor survivor.
The poker tournament was followed by food and drinks at Body English and the Helio Bar, respectively. Items on display for the silent auction included a World Poker Tour (WPT) Boot Camp package and a $25,000 seat to the WPT main event, a four-person tour of the Playboy mansion, a bathrobe donated by Hugh Hefner, and two jerseys autographed by Shaquille O'Neil, among other things.
Head to Hollywood provides survivors of both cancerous and non-cancerous brain tumors with a VIP experience in Hollywood. Lucine Beshirian, a 13-year-old girl who went partially blind as a result of her tumor, recently attended "American Idol" with Electra as a recipient of the Head to Hollywood program.