Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield, and Gene Simmons Host WPT Foundation Presents Four Kings & An Ace Charity Poker Tournament Benefiting Mending Kids

Proceeds Support Life-Changing Surgical Care To Children Around the World

Lynn Gilmartin, Mel Gibson, Adam Pliska

 

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Los Angeles, CA (October 25, 2016) – Hosted by Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield, and Gene Simmons, the WPT Foundation™ Presents Four Kings & An Ace Charity Poker Tournament brought together celebrities, professional athletes, music entertainers, World Poker Tour® talent and professionals, and donors on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, to benefit Mending Kids.

Alongside the special charity poker tournament held at CITIZEN Beverly Hills, those in attendance were able to enjoy casino games and live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting Mending Kids, a California-based non-profit formed in 2006 that provides life-changing surgical care to children in need from around the globe.

Among those who attended the event were WPT® Co-Commentator Mike Sexton, WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin, and WPT Champions Club members Erik Seidel and Scotty Nguyen. The winner of the tournament was David O’Day.

“The funds raised from the Four Kings & An Ace Charity Poker Tournament will help Mending Kids provide life-saving surgeries to hundreds of children, and we cannot thank our donors enough for their wonderful generosity,” said Marchelle Sellers, Executive Director of Mending Kids. “We would especially like to thank Mel Gibson for his continued support of Mending Kids, and Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield, and Gene Simmons for helping host the event.”

“Once again, poker brought together celebrities, dignitaries, and influencers for a great cause as it continues to be one of the most fun and effective ways to raise money for critical issues worldwide,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “WPT Foundation is honored to have partnered with Mending Kids for this special night and to celebrate the remarkable miracles they are performing for children around the world.”

To date, WPT Foundation has helped raise more than $6 million to benefit global philanthropic organizations such as Mending Kids.

To view the photo gallery of the event, click here.

To view video highlights of the event, click here.

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Mending Kids Media Contact
Dawn Miller – dawn@miller-pr.com

About Mending Kids International
Mending Kids provides life-saving surgical care to children worldwide, including the United States. Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformational surgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier, and happier lives. Most of the surgeries performed correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Mending Kids’ work is accomplished in 63 countries, including the United States through four core programs: Overseas Surgical Missions, including the Sustainable Teaching Program; US Hometown Missions; Individual Surgical Care; and Training, Research, and Innovation.

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