Celebrities to ante up for brain tumor research

Jumping on the poker bandwagon, the Tug McGraw Foundation is adding Texas Hold'em to its annual charity event, "An Evening with Tim McGraw & Friends: Honoring Those Who Make a Difference," November 3, 2006, at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, Pa. Players will be vying for a trip to Las Vegas and a seat at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Many entertainment and sports stars are scheduled to appear at the event, and other guests who attended the 2005 event are already reserving their place at this year's function.

Bob Costas, baseball analyst and sports commentator, will return as the Master of Ceremonies to recognize this year’s honorees: Chicago White Sox First Baseman Jim Thome, one of the leading brain tumor researchers in the world Dr. Darrel Bigner, President of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Tom Muldoon, and Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies Bill Giles.

"This is shaping up to be a very special evening – one that will both entertain and inspire people," said Tim McGraw, the Grammy-winning country singer whose father and famed Phillies and Mets relief pitcher, Tug McGraw, died from brain cancer in 2004.

In addition to trying their hands at poker, guests will enjoy a live stage show, live and silent auctions, and an awards ceremony honoring people who've helped to improve the quality of life for brain tumor patients and their families.

Last year more than 400 guests attended the event. For those interested in attending this year's "An Evening with Tim McGraw & Friends," please visit www.tugmcgraw.org for more information, to purchase tickets, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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