Hollywood Poker has announced it will be running the second installment of a charity fundraising series in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and underage drinking and to supporting the victims of this crime. The second event of the "Charity Poker Gone MADD Tournament Series" will run on Saturday, March 18, 2006, at 4:15 p.m. at The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.
All proceeds will be donated to the production of a feature film that supports MADD's message. The event is being organized by Exit 131 Productions and The Bicycle Casino and will take place as part of the casino's Winnin' O The Green tournament slate.
Celebrities scheduled to compete in the event include Donnie Wahlberg, Carlos Bernard, Billy Burke, and Ronnie Cox, among others. Participants will see $20 of their $200 buy-in and subsequent re-buys donated to the MADD-supported cause. First place prize is an estimated $25,000.
In addition, Audi has donated a VIP fleet of cars and drivers for the event as part of MADD's "Designated Driver" program guaranteeing a safe ride home from the event.
The MADD tournament series is being run as part of Hollywood Poker's quest "to set the gold standard for philanthropy through poker" by raising a minimum of $1 million for charities.
"Hollywood Poker is very excited to be teaming up with MADD and Exit 131 Productions to be a part of this worthwhile cause," said Hollywood Poker star Vince Van Patten. "This is part of Hollywood Poker's philanthropy program where we bring poker and charities together. We hope that this event continues to be an ongoing success."
These events promote and raise money for the Fall 2006 production of Exit 131, an original screenplay that tells the story of an ex-high school football star who returns home in search of forgiveness for the death of a 15-year-old girl he knew in high school.
MADD has agreed to allow the filmmaker, Kyle Gates Pagach, to produce and promote the project, with the organization as a beneficiary, from charitable donations, corporate sponsorships, and charity driven events. In return, the film will become part of MADD's School Outreach Program and the organization will use the film as a catalyst for teenagers to create dialogue focusing on the negative effects of underage drinking and impaired driving.