Montel Williams hosting MS poker fundraiser

Montel Williams

Montel Williams proved this summer at the WSOP that he could play poker. Now he's using his love of game to raise money for the battle against multiple sclerosis.

The talk-show host is holding the Montel Williams MS Foundation Gala and Pro-Celebrity on March 13 in New York City. Each ticket will cost $1,000 but will entitle the buyer to take part in a cocktail reception, dinner and of course a party that will feature celebrity poker and entertainment. All the money raised from the event will go to the Montel Williams MS Foundation.

Williams is best known for his award-winning TV program The Montel Williams Show, which has been running since 1991. In 1999 Williams was diagnosed with MS. He has since made pledges to use his celebrity to find a cure.

Williams made a big splash at the 2007 WSOP Main Event when he dominated Day 1b and held the overall chip lead for a portion of the day. Although Williams busted on Day 2, he proved he could play on the largest stage there is and says he learned a lot from the experience. To read a PokerListings interview with Williams at the WSOP click here.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease that affects the central nervous system. The severity of the disease varies from person to person but it can affect speaking, motor skills and vision. Approximately 2.5 million people suffer from MS worldwide.

The Montel Williams MS Foundation was established to further scientific study of MS in October 2000. Currently 100% of the public's donations go directly to funding research to find a cure for MS. To learn more about the organization visit

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