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December 08, 2006 - Andy Roddick Foundation Celebrity Poker at the Hard Rock

What: Andy Roddick Foundation First Annual Charity Celebrity Poker Tournament

Where: Seminole Hard Rock

When: December 8, 2006

Ticket Prices: $1000.00 to sit at a table with a celebrity

Beneficiary: Andy Roddick Foundation

Host(s): Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

Sponsors: ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION SPONSORS: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, JM Family Enterprises, Sun-Sentinel, JM Lexus, Tennis Channel, Wellmar International, Inc., American Express, USTA, Tennis Week, Pure Energy, Boca Raton Resort Club, The Polo Club Boca Raton, Panara Bread, Windstar Cruises, Michael James Videograph, King Jewelers & Babolat

Board of Directors: FOUNDER: Andy Roddick CHAIRMEN: Blanche & Jerry Roddick HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS: Sir Elton John, BenCrenshaw, Lance Armstrong, Boyd Tinsley & Ken Meyerson DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: Jeanne Brander COMMUNITY LIAISON: Harriet Sol COMMUNITY LIAISON: Joyce Bloshinsky ADVISOR: Joanne Scheller

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Managing Director, Blacktie-South Florida

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins turning the tables on Elita Loresca, WSVN-Channel 7
Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins turning the tables on Elita Loresca, WSVN-Channel 7

 Andy Roddick hosts first annual Celebrity Poker Tournament
at Seminole Hard Rock

HOLLYWOOD, FLA - Tennis professional, Andy Roddick, one of the most celebrated athletes in the U.S. since 2001, joins a star-studded list of celebrities including Nicky Hilton, Mandy Moore, Barry Sanders and Venus and Serena Williams among others for the Inaugural Andy Roddick Charity Celebrity Poker Tournament on December 8 at 6:30 p.m. $1.4 million dollars was raised through the Andy Roddick Foundation.
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to play Texas Hold’Em with some of the hottest celebrities around while supporting charities treating abused and at-risk children through the Andy Roddick Foundation. First prize included a seat in the 2007 WPT Celebrity Invitational and three nights at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Calif.  The second-place winner received a seat at WPT Boot Camp®, a two-day tutorial featuring an integrated curriculum that includes live lecture from poker’s most dynamic poker players and insiders, archived footage from the WPT and interactive game playing. The third place winner received two seats to a "sold out" dinner and auction on December 9 and two VIP canopy seats to a tennis event on December 10 at The Polo Club Boca Raton.
A donation of $1,000 reserved a seat in the tournament plus a guaranteed premiere celebrity at your poker table, an official after-party VIP Pass, a personal meet-and-greet with Andy Roddick, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres. A $500 donation secured a seat in the tournament, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres. Spectator seats were sold for a $20* donation to view all the celebrities and poker action. 
About the Andy Roddick Foundation
The Andy Roddick Foundation, dedicated to “Helping Children Today for Tomorrow,” is a 501c(3) not for profit organization, that has targeted children’s programs like Kids In Distress, Deliver the Dream Foundation,  A Safe Haven for Newborns, Children’s Diagnostic Center and Treatment Center,  Back to Basics Angel Fund, Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund, Here’s Help, Settlement Home, Austin Children’s Hospital, Glimmer of Hope and The Tiger Fund.

The Andy Roddick Foundation was founded by tennis inspiration and Grand Slam Champion Andy Roddick six years ago when he was still a teenager.  The goal of the Andy Roddick Foundation is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education, and morality.

Andy Roddick stated, "We couldn’t be more thrilled with the overwhelming generosity and support for such a crucial cause,” said Roddick. “This partnership with WPT Events and the beautiful Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will make this a flagship event for the Andy Roddick Foundation. We look forward to what this event will help provide–fostering more awareness, hope and opportunity for at-risk children and families.”

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