Poker Event Raises Over $107,000
Children’s Oncology Services Hits the Jackpot at the 11th annual 2016
One Step Charity Poker Championship
On February 18, Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. “pushed the limits” and hosted a sold-out crowd of 240 poker players and 55 spectators for the 2016 One Step Charity Poker Championship, which raised over $107,000 at the beautiful Montgomery Club. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. provides camp and educational experiences that allow children with cancer to just be kids again.
Our board member, Dan Bernstein from WSCR "The Score" AM 670, emceed the night for the 11th annual No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. Players from all over Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland-area played their best hand for an evening of poker, food and drinks, prizes and of course, charity. Celebrity bounty players that turned up the “heat” included NBC’s hit show Chicago Fire stars Joe Minoso and Yuri Sardarovalong, Alicia Roman of NBC Chicago, Marley Kayden of NBC Chicago and Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Players of all levels competed for approximately $15,000 in prizes including the coveted Grand Prize: a seat at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas
($10,000 value), sponsored by RW Baird. The event was won by Mike Ruel, but the big winners of the night were our campers. The money raised will help the organization send more kids with cancer to One Step Programs this year.
The event was made possible by sponsors RW Baird, MKE Brewing, Perl Mortgage, Associated Agencies and MedSource.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S ONCOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
Children's Oncology Services, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer. Through our One Step Programs, we offer camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Our programs offer fun, friendship and support to children and families in a safe and nurturing environment. We exist to heal scars that no one can see such as fear, isolation, depression, lack of support and no longer fitting in. Through community, support and shared experiences with peers, we deliver happy, pain free medicine called “camp.” The organization is supported by more than 350 volunteers, including medical professionals, who generously donate their time and services. For more information, please visit www.onestepcamp.org. Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. is a recognized 501 (C) 3 organization.