Seventh Annual Take ‘Em to School Poker Tournament, Presented by WPT Foundation™ and Benefitting Education Reform Now Kicks Off July 20 at Gotham Hall, NYC
Special Guests have included Allan Houston, John Starks, Charles Smith, Alex Kovalev, and Erik Seidel and this year will feature WPT TV Stars Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, and Lynn Gilmartin and many sports, TV, film and poker celebrities
New York, NY (July 14, 2016) – The Seventh Annual Take ‘Em to School Poker Tournament, presented by WPT Foundation™ benefitting Education Reform Now, kicks off on Wednesday, July 20 at 6 pm at Gotham Hall in New York City. The special charity poker tournament raises funds for ERN’s work to advance high quality, public education for all students.
Donors can purchase tables, single poker seats, or casino tickets at www.TakeEmToSchool.org.
The tournament will feature 250 poker players battling for great prizes, including golf outings at exclusive clubs, power lunches with top investors, and limited edition World Poker Tour® swag. For those attending as cocktail guests, there will be a variety of casino games and entertainment. The event also features a full swing golf simulator, which will host longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests. The event will also feature a keynote from U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a supporter of ERN and an advocate for high quality public schools for all children.
Celebrity attendees have included legendary athletes Allan Houston, John Starks, Charles Smith, Dwight Gooden and Alex Kovalev; and professional poker players Andy Frankenberger, Erik Seidel, Sam Abernathy, Vanessa Selbst and Layne Flack. This years tournament will also include WPT Hosts Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, and Lynn Gilmartin, as well as many sports, TV, film and poker celebrities.
“Our annual Charity Poker Tournament is a great way to support the efforts to ensure all public school children have access to great, high quality schools,” said Shavar Jeffries, President of Education Reform Now.
WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska adds, “The WPT Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and critical funds for non-profit programs of excellence, and Education Reform Now is a perfect partner to help carry out this mission. Education Reform Now is a national leader in educating elected officials on public school reform issues, and the WPT Foundation is honored to support their efforts to advance education for all students.”
WPT Foundation Media Contact
Rich Ryan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Reform Now Media Contact
Nicole Brisbane – Nicole@educationreformnow.org
About WPT Foundation
WPT Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to utilizing World Poker Tour’s exceptional international platform to influence positive change on a global scale. The core of WPT Foundation’s fundraising efforts is the ongoing series of philanthropic poker events titled WPT Playing for a Better World. WPT Foundation and its associated charity events help bring awareness and raise critical funds for non-profit programs of excellence. This unprecedented philanthropic effort is dedicated to improving our planet by supporting key charities in regards to human rights, education, world hunger and the environment.
About Education Reform Now
Education Reform Now is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has become the “go-to” source for model education reform policies, coordinating bipartisan efforts to give children in all 50 states access to a quality public education. In New York, Education Reform Now has been instrumental in efforts to improve New York’s district schools, move towards parity for charter school funding, increase the cap on charter schools, support high standards throughout the education system, and create coalitions of national education reform organizations. ERN-led coalitions were instrumental in supporting “Waiting for Superman”, as well as enhancing public support for New York’s Race to the Top application. ERN has emerged as a national leader in educating elected officials on reform issues and convening thought leaders from across the nation at its annual Philosopher’s Camp policy retreat about the future of education in America.
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