Monday, November 30, 2009

Celebs Turnout for Make-A-Wish Event

On Saturday, November 21, 2009, the Queen of Poker and second place finisher in this year's "Celebrity Apprentice," Annie Duke, hosted the All In For Wishes Celebrity Poker Tournament for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County.

The tournament was held at members only The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Guests enjoyed gourmet hors oeuvres, custom Risotto & Tortellini stations, speciality cocktails, delicious playing card cookies and the Zino Platinum Cigar lounge.

Partygoers all also played blackjack and craps and purchased raffle tickets for an incredible array of one of a kind items, celebrity experiences and weekend getaways. David Krumholtz, star of the hit TV show "Numb3rs", multi-platinum recording artist Alex Band (formerly of The Calling), Nicholas Gonzalez of "Melrose Place", Kate Linder of "The Young & The Restless" and actor Joseph Reitman joined Annie Duke in the celebrity poker tournament in support of the amazing work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County. Seen in photo above, Gonzales and Krumholtz.

Jim Carol, father of M-A-W OC child Taylor, who performed at their "Broadway Wishes" event last month, shared heartfelt remarks about what it means for a child to have their wish granted and how wish fulfillment also touches the lives of the child's family, friends and community. Jim said that the Make-A-Wish Foundation gives children with life threatening illnesses hope and the smiles the wishes brings to their faces are priceless. Mark Pilon, CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County spoke about his chapter's work and announced the winners of the raffle.

Earlier that afternoon, All In For Wishes sponsor Tourbillon Boutique at South Coast Plaza hosted Annie Duke at their store and gifted her with a beautiful luxury timepiece as thanks for her support of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised at Saturday's event will benefit the incredible quality of life improving work that M-A-W OC does to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Make-A-Wish OC's vision is to reach every medically eligible child in their territory so they may have the opportunity to have their wish fulfilled. They want to continue to serve wish children and their families by helping them find the hope they need to transform life-threatening illnesses into life-affirming triumphs. Check out for more information.

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