‘Wendell & Vinnie’ Director Rob Schiller Supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica for ‘Poker for Great Futures’

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Emmy-award winning Hollywood director Rob Schiller, who is also directing the brand new family comedy ‘Wendell & Vinnie,’ is lending his support to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica at the Poker for Great Futures Tourament

Rob Schiller, director of the new series Wendell & Vinnie, with Buddy Handleson who plays Wendell

We are thrilled to hold our 2nd Annual Poker for Great Futures. It is exciting to have so many new supporters getting involved, such as Director Rob Schiller.

Emmy-award winning Hollywood director Rob Schiller, who is also directing the brand new family comedy ‘Wendell & Vinnie,’ is lending his support to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. As a sponsor of the Poker for Great Futures, funds raised from the tournament will support the critical youth services provided by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica to approximately 8,000 youth annually.

An exciting evening of poker, food, and prizes, the Poker for Great Futures Tournament is being held at Lexus of Santa Monica on April 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm. Along with R&B JAAMZS, Inc., Schiller’s production company, sponsors for this event include Lexus of Santa Monica, P.F. Chang’s and Venice Beach Beer Company, Pacific Youth Foundation, Jersey Mikes and SantaMonicaListings.com.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica benefits the youth of Los Angeles by ensuring that kids have a safe and nurturing environment to develop skills for positive and successful futures,” said Schiller. “I welcome the opportunity to help them raise funds to support their important work in our community.”

"We are thrilled to hold our 2nd Annual Poker for Great Futures. It is exciting to have so many new supporters getting involved, such as Director Rob Schiller. The goal of events like these is to help bring our community together in support of the youth we serve, because for us, it’s all about the kids," said Aaron Young, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica.

A humanitarian dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, Schiller has become well known for his philanthropic efforts throughout Los Angeles County and the nation, using his talents to be a renowned advocate for the health and welfare of families and children in need. He recently played in Jason Alexander’s Celebrity Poker Tournament to raise funds for weSPARK Cancer Support Center.

Schiller has worked tirelessly to support a variety of organizations including Harvest Home, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to homeless, expecting mothers. Schiller’s other philanthropic efforts include the ninth annual “All-In” for Kids Celebrity Poker Tournament, which benefited The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Brad Garrett’s annual “All-In For All Good” Celebrity Poker Tournament, which raises funds for Maximum Hope Foundation. Schiller is the co-founder of the Devon Stern/UCP Golf Tournament, a successful annual fundraising event that has generated over $300,000 for children with cerebral palsy.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica

Founded in 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica currently serves approximately 8,000 youth through memberships and community outreach. They come from all over Los Angeles County, largely from Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Los Angeles and Inglewood. Members pay a $20 annual fee for access to all Club amenities and programs that span across education, leadership, recreation and more. The Club operates with the objective of serving young people from all backgrounds, regardless of economic circumstances– ensuring that youth ages 6 to 18 have a safe and nurturing environment to develop socially, succeed in school, stay physically active and prepare for positive futures. To learn more, support or get involved, visit us at http://www.smbgc.org, or follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/smbgcfan) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/SMBGC).

About Rob Schiller

Rob Schiller, Emmy-award winning American film and television director, producer is also president of R&B JAAMZS, Inc. Schiller has directed and produced over 250 episodes of sitcoms, including the brand new Nick at Nite family comedy “Wendell & Vinnie”, the CBS hit comedy, “The King of Queens,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Til Death.” His latest motion picture, “And They're Off,” starring Sean Astin and Kevin Nealon, follows a failed horse trainer who desperately wants to be back in the winner's circle. In addition, Schiller recently directed Charlie Sheen’s new show, “Anger Management.” For more information, visit http://www.robschiller.com.

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