Celebrities, poker collide to help charity

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Meeting a celebrity ranging from an extreme biker to a Dancing with the Stars star to a former World Series of Poker champion is as easy as joining in a charity poker tournament in the next week.

The fun starts today as Virgin America, the United States' newest airline, launches its service between San Francisco and Las Vegas with a party and inaugural flight. On that flight will be showgirls from La Reve, Carmen Electra and WSOP champ Jamie Gold.

Sir Richard Branson will perform a wedding during the flight, and when it touches down in Vegas the party will continue with a special stunt by Penn and Teller at the Palms and an evening of partying at the Wynn Resort.

The party will feature a celebrity poker game hosted by Gold, and all the proceeds will go to the winner's charity of choice.

This weekend, Geico and PNC Bank along with Pepco, the Washington Post and WPGC will host a day of activities to raise money for the NIH Children's Charities and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington D.C.

The day-long event, which has a biker theme, will include best bike and best tattoo contests as well as a Texas Hold'em poker tournament.

On hand for the day will be Geico-sponsored extreme bikers CR Gittere, Sy Pelz, Christine Bradley and Big Rick Hoffman. Former pro bowler and Redskin Brian Mitchell will also be in attendance, bringing with him the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.

A few days later on Oct. 16, you could travel up the coast a little way to New York City to play in the Vail Hold'em Poker Event for Your Cause.

The event is put on by Vail Resorts at the Altman Building and will be hosted by Dancing with the Stars former champion Mario Lopez. Many top celebrities are expected to attend, and Wyclef Jean will give a special performance at the charity event.

The poker tournament will give players the opportunity to raise $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

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