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Second Annual Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic at Calder Casino & Race Course to Benefit Conine Clubhouse at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Tags: Calder News | August 29, 2012

It’s a sure bet there will be a full house at the Second Annual Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic, an entertaining event which pairs sports celebrities with poker players at all levels for a great cause: raising awareness and funds for the Conine Clubhouse at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Calder Casino & Race Course will once again sponsor and host the event on Sunday, September 30 with a VIP baseball-themed reception kicking-off the fun at 6:00pm followed by the poker tournament at 7:00pm. Twenty tables will fill the Studz Poker Club at Calder, each featuring a different sports celebrity or Miami Marlins player to test their poker faces and challenge their skills.

“We are delighted to return as sponsor and host of the Second Annual Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic,” said Austin Miller, president of Calder Casino & Race Course. “Last year’s event was a tremendous success and raised more than $75,000 for the Conine Clubhouse, a true asset in South Florida. We’re hoping this year’s event will be even bigger. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back and to help families that are coping with the devastating effects of a child’s illness.”

The final table prizes this year are impressive. They include a five-night stay at the Villages at Punta Gabriela in Costa Rica with airfare for two, courtesy of Spirit Airlines; a designer men’s watch valued at $10,000; and a coveted main entry seat at the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas with air for two also courtesy of Spirit Airlines.

“Cindy and I are thrilled to bring back this unique event. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the South Florida community and sponsors like Calder Casino & Race Course. Without them, events like this would not be possible,” said Jeff Conine.  “Nearly 150 participants came out last year and we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year. We hope to continue to raise funds which support the ongoing needs of the Conine Clubhouse, a home-away-from-home for families of children under care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.”

The event will be flush with action including a VIP welcome reception to introduce the celebrities with an open bar and everyone’s favorite ballpark specialties. A silent auction will feature sports memorabilia with 100% of the dollars raised supporting the Conine Clubhouse.

The Conine Clubhouse is a free of charge home-away-from-home for families while their children are patients at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. More than 7,000 families have called the Conine Clubhouse their home at a most important time in their lives. The Conine Clubhouse provides all the amenities of a three- star hotel and is supported through events such as the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic, the Conine All-Star Golf Classic and community partners such as Calder Casino & Race Course.

A $250 donation to the charity gets you a seat at the tournament, and sponsorship packages are available.  The donation to play increases to $300 after September 14.  All participants are automatically entered in the Celebrity Bounty where players have a chance to “knock out” their favorite celebrity and win a personally autographed item. If you're not ready to test your poker face against Jeff Conine and the other celebrities, tickets for the VIP welcome reception are also available for $100.

To register for the Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic, learn more, or to make a donation, please visit www.ConinePokerClassic.org  or call the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation at (954) 265-7241.