Champion NASCAR Driver Taylor Barton will host a celebrity poker tournament for charity. The tournament, which will be held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Dec. 4, will benefit the Taylor Barton Foundation, which focuses on stopping bullying in America’s schools, as well as Children Mending Hearts, which assists homeless and at-risk youth around the world. Barton has invited some of his fellow NASCAR drivers and celebrity friends to join him for the kick-off event, which will also host many poker pros and more than 400 other guests.
Tournament participants will partake in a night of poker and attend an after party at the Palms Casino Resort. Tournament prizes will include:
1st place: A seat at 2011 World Series of Poker, sponsored by Lord Griffon Jewelry.
2nd place: Two nights’ accommodation at the Palms Casino Resort with dinner for two, massage at spa, and VIP entrance to Palms Casino Resort nightclubs (includes $1,000 for airfare).
3rd place: World Series of BBQ (2011) and two nights at Golden Nugget with two VIP invitations to Howard and Suzie Lederer Annual Charity Poker Tournament (seats to tournament included) and after party.
Sponsors for this event are Lord Griffon Jewelry, Anheuser- Busch, Vitamin Water/Smart Water, LV Mini Gran Prix, US Foods, Seven & Company, Johnny Brenden – Brenden Mann Foundation, Gecko Signs, Palms Casino Resort, On Target Media, Taylor Barton Racing and Krome Vodka.
The tournament will benefit the Taylor Barton Foundation, which works to combat bullying in local schools, as well as Children Mending Hearts and the After School All Stars, which provides free comprehensive out of school programs for “at-risk” children in Las Vegas. Programs are designed to keep kids safe and help them achieve in school and in life. The event is anticipated to host more than 400 participants and will include a red carpet for celebrities and private after party at Ghostbar inside Palms Casino Resort.
In addition to raising funds at the tournament, Children Mending Hearts will utilize some of its current inventory of online auction items found at www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/taylorbartonpoker.com.
Some of the exciting prizes up for auction are a five night stay at the Jameson Beach Estate in Lake Tahoe, a visit to the set of “iCarly,” a private party for the auction winner and ten friends at the Las Vegas home of Howard and Susie Lederer with a private poker lesson and much more.
Buy in for the tournament is $330. Additional information on the tournament can be found at www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/taylorbartonpoker.com or at http://www.facebook.com/taylorbartonracing.
About the Taylor Barton Foundation
The Taylor Barton Foundation mission is to prevent bullying in America’s middle schools and high schools with education, “Challenge Day” strategies and technology. As a young kid and like many youth today, Barton suffered the ugly wrath of bullying. Fortunately, Barton had a strong family support system and the mentors to rely on for guidance. Most kids today have neither and thus fall prey to bullies, causing what we have seen to be deadly consequences. The Taylor Barton Foundation will provide a positive solution with positive results utilizing the same technology, which has fueled bullying in the realm of social media & text messaging. Stay tuned for Taylor Barton Foundation’s first mission, Operation Text It Forward, which will utilize texting and social media to reach youth and encourage them to spread positive messages.
About Children Mending Hearts
Children Mending Hearts (CMH) recently hosted their Please Mr. President workshop for 1200 attendees in conjunction with 12 southern Nevada based organizations that work with homeless, at-risk and foster youth including the After School All Stars. CMH is a global arts exchange between at-risk children in the US and children living in conflict zones that educates, empowers and encourages children and gives them a voice, inspiring them to a sense of empathy and desire for peace. CMH empowers local organizations that work with disadvantaged and at-risk children and creates team leaders who continue to work with them to fulfill their needs.