In its first two years, the Phil Hellmuth’s Hold’em with Agrace HospiceCare Charity Poker Event raised $250,000 for the patients and families of South-Central Wisconsin. This year the event has been moved up from the winter months to Saturday, Aug. 18 and will include poker personalities Jerry Yang, Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon, Gavin Smith and Annette Obrestad.
In addition to a golf outing, silent auction, and raffle, a poker tournament will be held that will allow attendees to take on Hellmuth, the aforementioned pros, and a mix of local celebrities including musicians Scott Ian and Ben Sidran; Olympian Casey FitzRandolph; Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; Wisconsin State Journal’s Doug Moe; NBC 15’s Leigh Mills, Charlie Shortino and Carleen Wild; and “Amazing Race” winners Dave and Rachel Brown, just to name a few.
“Phil is a great guy, he’s a popular guy. I think he’s doing a great thing for the community, especially for the Hospice people,” said Yang, winner of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event. “I used to work in a nursing home, and I know what it’s like for a family to go through Hospice. It’s a passion of mine to support something like that, so I’m really looking forward to coming and supporting this event.”
All proceeds from the event will go to Agrace HospiceCare, though participants will have a chance to win a seat to the 2013 World Series of Poker and a two-year lease of a 2012 Honda Fit from Zimbrick — both of which will be a part of the raffle.
Agrace HospiceCare is a nonprofit, community-based hospice dedicated. It offers support to patients and families and is nationally recognized for it’s "comprehensive in-home, inpatient, respite, and residential care."
In 2010, the inaugural event saw the two major prizes that year, a two-year lease on a Zimbrick Honda Accord LX and a seat to the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, awarded to Art Luetke and Joe Anderson respectively. The tournament itself was won by Mark Kroon, a well-known poker pro from Madison.
Last year, Jerry Mistele and Tiffany Schreiber won the WSOP Main Event seat and car respectively, while Laura Schultz became the charity tournament champion.
For those interested in attending, there are three ticket options available:
- VIP Ticket: $500/person includes poker, floor, entertainment, and VIP access.
- Poker Ticket: $300/person includes poker, food, and entertainment.
- Entertainment Ticket: $100/person for food, entertainment and excitement.
For ticket and sponsor information, visit agracehospicecare.org. To learn more on the Third Annual Hellmuth’s Hold’em with Agrace HospiceCare Charity Poker Event and get updates from the event, be sure to like the event’s page on Facebook.
*Lead photo courtesy of holdemwithhellmuth.com.