Montel Williams charity tourney Thursday

Montel Williams

Stars from the poker felt and the celebrity realm will come together Thursday in New York City to help Montel Williams raise money to support multiple sclerosis research.

The pro players expected to attend include Robert Daily, Freddy Deeb, Victor Ramdin, Joseph Reitman, Marsha Waggoner and Robert Williamson III.

Enright, Isaacs and Waggoner are three of the four inaugural inductees into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame this year. Each of them has a successful history in poker, including Enright's three WSOP bracelet wins along with Isaac's two WSOP bracelets.

They aren't the only bracelet holders in the group either. Duke has one on her poker resume, while Deeb picked up his second in the 2007 WSOP. Fischman has two as well, and Mary Jones and Robert Williamson III each add one to the mix.

Gold adds some WSOP history to the charity event as well, being the 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion. Nor is he the only champion in the mix: Ramdin brings with him a World Poker Tour win.

Joining the pros at the poker tables will be Goumba Johnny, who is a radio host, comedian, writer and actor; Norby Walters, host of the famed "Night of 100 Stars" Oscar Party as well as the biggest poker game in Tinseltown; and Montel Williams.

Williams is a talk show host, actor and author. He was diagnosed with MS in 1999 and has pledged to use his celebrity to help find a cure.

To follow through on his pledge he set up the Montel Williams MS Foundation. All the proceeds from Thursday's charity poker tournament and gala will benefit the foundation.

Since its inception, the Montel Williams MS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for research. Currently 100% of the public's donations go directly to research centers chosen by the foundation.

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