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Photos by Burt Davis

One of the great things about Las Vegas is that performers and institutions step forward to lend their names and talents to charities. On Saturday, September 17, Tropicana Las Vegas Resort and Casino hosted the second “All-In for All-Good” Hold’em Poker Tournament benefiting Brad Garrett’s Maximum Hope Foundation.  The foundation was founded by Garrett and is a non-profit organization that offers compassionate, practical assistance to families caring for a child with life-limiting illness.

The tourney had a $500 entry fee and included celebrity guests and professional poker players competing for the $5,000 grand prize.   Celebrities attending included Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, and Cheryl Hines, as well as former major league slugger, author and reality TV show fixture Jose Canseco.  The poker community was represented in part by Annie Duke, Dennis Phillips and Jamie Gold.

A silent auction with rare musical, sports, and entertainment memorabilia was also held. Garrett excelled in his role as tournament host.  He was in constant motion, mixing with players and volunteers prior to the beginning of the poker tournament.  Many of the volunteers were associated with the Nathan Adelson Hospice and Garrett encouraged them to have pictures taken on the red carpet with some of the
celebrities.

According to Garrett, the  inspiration for Maximum Hope Foundation came from his connection with a family  whose son lost his heroic fight with cancer at the age of eleven.  Brad named the non-profit organization after his children Max and Hope.  According to Garrett, “We recognize that medical bills, the failing economy, and the frequent need for a parent to stop working to care for their little one can take an overwhelming financial toll. In the midst of unthinkable emotional hardship families may find themselves without the means to pay for
groceries, utilities, transportation, or rent.” That’s where Maximum Hope steps in, “ working quickly to provide the necessities we so often take for granted: food, water, power, gas, and a place to call “home.” We are a helping hand and open arms, bringing compassion, relief and peace of mind to those who need it most.”

Brad created a great positive vibe and entertained onlookers prior to the start of the tournament as he kidded with Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, and Cheryl Hines among others.  According to one press report, more than $150,000 was raised for the Maximum Hope Foundation.  Nice work Brad.

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