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Jennifer Harman raises $100k for Kidney Foundation
Two days and a little help from the poker community was all it took for Jennifer Harman to raise more than $111,000 for the National Kidney Foundation last week.
The two days of events started off with a Masters Forum Poker Academy coordinated by Lupe Soto, LIPS founder. That was followed up by a FullTilt Throw Down party hosted by Doug Worton.
The main event, however, came the following day as Jennifer Harman hosted a charity poker tournament that drew more than 300 participants.
"This is the largest field of any charity event I've hosted," Harman said. "The outpouring of support exceeded any expectations. I can't thank the poker community enough for its generosity."
Among the poker pros at the event were Marco Traniello, Andy Bloch, Howard Lederer, Tiffany Michelle, Lacey Jones, Maria Ho, Linda Johnson, Todd Brunson, Roy Winston, Lee Watkinson, Lee Markholt, David Plastik, Jan Fisher, Jeff Madsen, Marsha Waggoner and more.
Linda Johnson said during the FullTilt Thrown Down party that she does lots of different charity events and she's happy to do them.
"But this one particularly, with Jennifer Harman's name on it, I'm fully supporting," Johnson said. "She's a great lady, and I'm honored to do something for her charity."
The event attracted more than just the poker players as well. ESPN commentator Lon McEachern was there, as well as baseball legends Vida Blue and Tido Fuentes, World Champion snowboarder and X Games judge Jeff Brushie and NBA veterans Michael Brown and Doug Lee.
The winner of the charity tournament ended up being William Roberts from Reno, Nev. He received a Legacy Alliance custom crystal trophy plus a $5,000 World Poker Challenge entry and a Curtis & Co. watch for the win.
"It's always great to play poker for a good cause," Roberts said after his win. "I was just glad to be a part of it. Jennifer did a great job and everyone had a blast."
Along with the individual play in the charity tournament, there were 22 10-player teams that participated in a FullTilt Throw Down side competition.
Peppermill Casino donated $8,000 to sponsor four 10-person teams, but none of their teams were able to come out on top. Instead it was Atlantis Casino's Team 2 that accumulated the most points to receive a FullTilt Throw Down team trophy and 10 team-member prize packages.
The second- and third-place teams had to be determined by a roshambo tiebreaker, with Oaks Casino earning silver medals for second and the LIPS team receiving bronze medals for third.
"We couldn't be happier with the turnout," said Christopher Kelley, National Kidney Foundation CEO. "This event raised an enormous amount of awareness around our cause."
Other fundraising activities during the two-day event included a National Kidney Foundation silent auction and a LIPS Vendor Faire. The dealers at the charity tournament also donated their tips to add to the fundraising efforts.