Mending Kids International to host star-studded celebrity poker tournament

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four kings and an aceOrdinarily, A-list celebrities like Mel Gibson, Gene Simmons, Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Jodie Foster would find themselves under one roof in rare occasions like award shows, celebrity-hosted parties, or when all five are actually making a movie together.

In this instance, though, the five mega celebs, together with a host more that includes Steve Guttenberg, Greg Louganis, Rick Dees, and Madeleine Stowe, will all participate in the “Four Kings & An Ace” celebrity poker tournament hosted by Mending Kids International. The event, which aims to raise money for the California-based non-profit, is scheduled to take place at the London West Hollywood on December 1 and comes with a $10,000 ticket donation. Anybody interested in participating in the event will receive a host of freebies for the money they’ll be spending. There’s dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s signature restaurant, poker lessons from the voices of the World Poker Tour, Vince Van Patten and Mike Sexton, and round-robin style poker with each one of the celebrity hosts.

Other cool parts of the $10,000 ticket donation include premium poker table seating for players of all levels, a free spectator admittance pass for one guest, and VIP Lounge access for the player and a guest. And the best part is, you’re spending this money and will undoubtedly have a blast of a time for a pretty noble cause. After all, the Mending Kids International foundation has been at the forefront in providing pediatric surgeries to children in developing countries while also hosting surgical training to medical staff in order to build long-term sustainable surgical programs. In the short time that it’s been around, Mending Kids International has accounted for saving over 1,000 lives and has significantly assisted in the building of hospitals around the world.

The amount might sound like a premium to a lot of people. It is, after all, the same value as a buy-in at the WSOP Main Event. But given the circumstances surrounding the event, you at least know that the money you’re spending will be going to a very worthy cause.


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