The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the WPT Foundation's "All In" for Kids Poker Tournament recently raised nearly $700,000 that will benefit CHOP.
Thanks to the help of 14-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, WPT anchor Lynn Gilmartin, and co-founder Dan Shak, the money raised will lend support to the hospital's Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, which is one of the largest, most active programs of its kind in the region that provides state-of-the-art care to children.
"Each year, we are proud to partner with the World Poker Tour Foundation on this important and exciting event," said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. "We especially thank the Gitlin Family Foundation for their support, as well as all of the physicians and staff in CHOP's Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, who work tirelessly every day to provide our patients with excellent care."
The event was held at New York City's Mandarin Oriental on Friday, Nov. 6, with more than 275 guests. Along with the celebrities, athletes, grateful patient families, doctors, and other CHOP supporters that were present, professional poker players Andy Frankenberger, Brian Hastings, Jamie Kerstetter, Scott Baumstein, and Angel Guillen turned out to support the cause. The winner was Antonio Rodriguez, co-founder of Cibeles Capital Advisors.
"In three years with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, WPT Foundation has proudly helped raise more than $2.3 million to help CHOP provide the most advanced child healthcare available," said WPT President and CEO Adam Pilska. "CHOP remains the preeminent pediatric hospital in the world, nurturing many of the nation's pioneers and innovators in pediatric medicine, and WPT Foundation is honored to support such a devoted group of doctors, nurses and researchers that are fully dedicated to finding cures and treating illnesses and injuries specific to children."
*Image courtesy of the WPT.