Harman to host charity event for Kidney Foundation

Jennifer Harman

Prolific poker player Jennifer Harman is once again looking to help out others by hosting a charity poker tournament in Reno for the Kidney Foundation.

The Jennifer Harman Charity Poker Tournament will be sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort and Casino and Curtis & Co. watches. All proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California and Northern Nevada.

The event will begin at 12 p.m. at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on March 11.

Harman won't be alone either, as she will be accompanied by Marco Traniello, Howard Lederer, Tiffany Michelle, Linda Johnson, Maria Ho, Todd Brunson, Roy Winston, Lee Watkinson, Brad Booth, Andy Bloch, Olympic snowboarder Ross Powers, X Games snowboard judge Jeff Brushie, NBA assistant coach Mike Brown and former Sacramento Kings player Doug Lee.

Celebrity tournament director and TDA founder Matt Savage will emcee the two-day affair.

"The Grand Sierra Resort has been very supportive," said Harman. "I'm excited to be returning to my hometown of Reno in support of the local community and the National Kidney Foundation."

The Kidney Foundation is particularly dear to Harman's heart, as she's had a lifelong struggle with kidney problems. Harman received her first kidney transplant during childhood and in 2004 underwent a second transplant made possible by her niece.

The $200+$30 No-Limit Hold'em tournament is open to the public and seating is limited. Players have the opportunity for unlimited $50 rebuys during the first three 20-minute levels and a onetime add-on for twice the starting chip stack.

The winner will receive a $5,000 World Poker Challenge entry, while second- and third-place finishers will each receive $3,000 WPC entries. Curtis & Co. will award valuable sports watches to all three top finishers.

Fundraising activities on March 10 (the day before the tournament) include a Ross Powers Foundation Action Sports and memorabilia silent auction at 3 p.m. and a "Throw Down" team party that is open to the public at Pearl nightclub that evening.

For more information visit the National Kidney Association at www.kidneynca.org.


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