Flames Texas Hold 'Em tourney raises $420,000 for charity
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames Ambassadors’ and Calgary Flames are proud to announce the ninth annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament held on Tuesday, February 25th raised $420,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life; bringing the total raised through the poker event to over $3 million in nine years.
Calgary Flames players, coaches, alumni and local celebrities including Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Roughnecks players, competed against a sold out crowd of 400 other poker players at Cowboys Casino. Participants bought-in to play against their hockey heroes and the chance to win more than $40,000 in prizes.
The overall winner of the tournament was Navroz Khimji who won a $10,000 Poker Championship ring from Jewels by Maxime’s, two tickets anywhere WestJet flies, two Top Shelf Flames tickets, $5,000 cash and a SkyCaddie Watch. Second place went to Mark Starratt and the third spot ranking was claimed by Dale Deveraux. The last Calgary Flames player standing was Chris Butler.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Flames Foundation for Life. The Flames Foundation for Life is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames which directs funds to support education, health and wellness and grassroots and amateur sport. This includes scholarships for students at Calgary’s post secondary institutions, support of the Rotary Flames House and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation’s Camp Kindle and the Flames EvenStrength program which assists in minor hockey registration fees.
Once again, a fantastic event with special thanks to the sponsors, Cowboys Casino and the BMO Centre, all Flames players and coaches as well as the other participating celebrities and volunteers that made it a great fundraising event.