|Star-Studded Celebrity Poker with the Troops Tournament Hosted by Matt Savage and Weekend Event to Feature Music & Comedy Show at Waikiki Shell|
Bodog.net announced today plans to hold a celebrity "thank you to the troops" charity event for the 110,000 men and women of the U.S. military currently in Hawaii, many of whom are awaiting or returning from deployment in the Middle East. The four-day event (July 21-24, 2005), entitled "Bodog Salutes Our Troops: A Tribute to American Heroes," will be held in Oahu, Hawaii, and will include celebrities, musicians, comedians, professional athletes and troops interacting in various activities including a poker tournament, family picnic, and softball game. There will also be a comedy show and concert held at the world famous Waikiki Shell for 8,000 military members and their families. All proceeds from the event will benefit the military charity Fisher House Foundation.
"Bodog Salutes our Troops is an opportunity to give something back to the men and women who have risked their lives in the interest of protecting our freedom," said Calvin Ayre, Bodog founder and CEO. "Giving these troops a little entertainment and leisure time is the least we can do for their sacrifices, and we are thrilled to be involved with Fisher House Foundation, a charity that truly supports troops in their time of need."
"We are honored to welcome all of the celebrity participants who will visit our island for this event," said Kathy Giannetti, Leisure Activities Director CPRP CPP, U.S. Military. "Every little bit helps in keeping morale high, and this event will be a real treat for the soldiers stationed here."
The celebrity events will bring together the service men and women of the NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINES, ARMY and COAST GUARD based at Hickam Airforce Base, Schofield Barracks, Pearl Harbor, and Kaneohe Marine Corp Base. One of the highlights of the weekend will feature an inter-service poker tournament with finalists playing with celebrities at Camp Bodog on the beach. The finals, which will be held at world renowned Kahala Mandarin Oriental resort, will be overseen by world famous poker tournament director Matt Savage. The tournament will feature approximately 15 celebrities, 10 Bodog.net players and over 60 U.S. Troops going head-to-head in No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, with the top celebs and troops squaring off at the final table.
"Fisher House Foundation is delighted to be working with Bodog on this event to salute the troops," said James Weiskopf, Vice President of Fisher House Foundation. "It's a wonderful way to combine fun and entertainment while giving a little something back. So many families will benefit and that's what our Foundation is all about."
Bodog Entertainment Group has sponsored numerous high profile events including "Viva Las Vegas" at the Cannes Film Festival, the LA Lakers Youth Foundation 2nd Annual Casino Night -- donating $50,000 to the charity, the Hawaiian Tropic Super Bowl Bikini pageant and party in Jacksonville, the Major League Baseball preview party with Razor Magazine in Phoenix, the 2005 Indy 500eXtreme VIP Pre-Race Party in Indianapolis and the Genesis Awards After-Party supporting the Humane Society in Los Angeles. Bodog.net is a play-for-free educational website that provides novice poker players with strategies and tips on how to play poker. Located at www.bodog.net, the site allows users to practice and fine-tune their poker skills with people from all over the world.
About Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times -- during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 8,500 families, and have made available more than two million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.