Phil Hellmuth, 11 Time WSOP Winner, Emcees Poker Tournament For Charity, April 10, Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA

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Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard Joins Super Bowl Champion Jerry Rice, PGA Tour Pro Steve Elkington, and Other Sports Celebrities at the Champions Party & Poker Tournament Fundraiser for the Benefit of Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Poker Brat and 11 time WSOP Winner Phil Hellmuth lends his star power to the celebrity line up helping to raise funds for charity at the Champions Party Celebrity Fundraiser and Poker Tournament the evening of April 10 at the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Berkeley. The Grand Prize is entry to play in the World’s Largest Poker Tournament in Las Vegas.

Open to the public, the Champions Party and Poker Tournament Fundraiser is held in conjunction with 3rd annual Jerry Rice Pro-Am driven by Audi, which follows on April 11 at TPC Stonebrae. Super Bowl Champion Jerry Rice, PGA TOUR legend Steve Elkington, and a variety of Bay Area sports celebrities will be among the special guests attending the event.

Hosted by the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship and the Northern California chapter of the NFL Alumni, the party and card competition is being held to support Lazarex Cancer Foundation of Danville, CA.

For a $500 buy in, guests compete in the No Limit Texas Hold ’Em tournament and are eligible for the evening’s grand prize, entry in the World’s Largest Poker Tournament in Las Vegas. Rebuys are permitted; casino games and the Champion’s Party are included. For $100, guests can watch the poker tournament, enjoy the party and play casino games.

For the Champion’s Party and Poker Tournament tickets or information visit http://www.lazarex.org or http://www.shop.wagevents.com    

Lazarex helps fund expenses associated with late stage cancer patients’ participation in FDA approved clinical trials.

“At Lazarex Cancer Foundation we like to have fun but we take our mission seriously. The proceeds from this event will help us fulfill our mission to support the cancer community by providing assistance with costs for clinical trial participation, navigation through clinical trial options, and community outreach and education,” said Dana Dornsife, President of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

“We are honored to be the charity of choice for this year’s Champions Party Celebrity Fundraiser and Poker Tournament. We hope our patrons will enjoy mingling with the celebrities at the event, have good luck at the gaming tables, and get personal satisfaction from helping others. Thanks to the TPC Stonebrae Championship and the Northern California NFL Alumni we will be able to continue giving the gifts of hope, dignity and life to late stage cancer patients.”

Besides Casino Games and the No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, guests will dance to the sounds of The Sun Kings, a renowned Beatles cover band, while enjoying drinks and delicious appetizers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the poker tournament begins at 8 p.m.

The TPC Stonebrae Championship returns to the top of the Hayward hills for its fourth season on the Nationwide Tour. Competition in the $600,000 event is April 12-15. Special Events throughout the tournament are designed to appeal to sports fans of all ages and create a unique and exciting community event.

The entire week is a community event with the goal of raising $250,000 for Bay Area charities. All net proceeds will be distributed to select non-profit organizations.

“Our goal is to provide the East Bay with a community event that is affordable and fun for all ages while making a positive impact on the community,” said Ian Jones, Executive Director, PGA Tour Inc. “Whether you join our 500 volunteers or attend the tournament as a spectator, you will be sure to have a good time.”

For more tournament information, tickets, and volunteer opportunities visit: http://www.tpcfun.com

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Lazarex gives hope and life to end stage cancer patients with all forms of cancer by bridging a gap in cancer care. We help navigate clinical trial options and provide financial aid so patients can take advantage of medical breakthroughs today.

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