Major sponsors support Tug McGraw Foundation poker fundraiser

Motorola has signed on to help support the Tug McGraw Foundation's annual gala that includes a Texas Hold'em Fundraiser. The company joins the Philadelphia Phillies, Marriott, and Continental Airlines to help the foundation raise money for brain tumor research.

"An Evening with Tim McGraw & Friends: Honoring Those Who Make a Difference" is scheduled for Nov. 3 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, Penn. Guests will have a chance to play Texas Hold'em against several entertainment and sports celebrities.

Already slated to play are former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, Baseball Hall of Fame member Steve Carlton, National League All-Star Bob Boone, Trump apprentice Kelly Perdew, and retired Phillies catcher Darren Daulton.

The top prize for the tournament will be a seat in the World Series of Poker which is worth $10,000.

Poker won't be the only thing to do at the gala. There will also be a live stage show, live and silent auctions, and an award ceremony honoring people who have helped improve the quality of life for brain tumor patients and their families. This year, the honorees are Jim Thome, Chicago White Sox First Baseman; Dr. Darrel Bigner, one of the leading brain tumor researchers in the world; Tom Muldoon, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau president; and Bill Giles, Philadelphia Phillies chairman.

For more information, please read "Celebrities to ante up for brain tumor research" or visit

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