Cancer Support Community Holds Successful Poker Bowl

Bottom row L-R: Danielle Gay (CSC Event Coordinator), Meshell Holdo, Bill Ukropina, Valerie Weiss, Aaron Weiss, John Flynn, Cathy Heflin, Tom Mills, Marlene Evans. Top row: Patricia Ostiller(CSC Director of Development), Jane MacKinnon, John Symes, Brad Talt, Laura Wending (CSC Director of Programs), Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Meg Symes (CSC Executive Director), Grace Russak, Ken Russak, Michael Healy (CSC Board President), Marc Wax, Roy Antoun, Bill Young  Aaron Weiss, Michael Healy, Marc Wax, John JohnsonMeg Symes, Bill Ukropina (co chair), Cathy Heflin (co chair), Jay Cohen, Meshell Holdo (co chair), Tom Mills (co chair), John Flynn (co chair), Danielle GayJeff Buckner, Patti Buckner, Jim Barbour, LeeAnn Havner, Aaron Weiss, Ron HavnerMatt McIntyre, Ellen Driscoll, Garrett CollinsBill & Diane CullinaneChristina Kempton, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Julie KenworthBlackjack winner – Kal AntounCancer Support Community Holds Successful Poker Bowl


11:55 am | June 30, 2017

The 7th Annual Poker Bowl Tournament was on Friday, June 23rd at The Flying A Garage in support of Cancer Support Community, Pasadena. 186 guests attended the event, and over 100 men and women played Texas Hold em and Blackjack surrounded by a spectacular private collection of antique and perfectly restored automobiles, owned by car collectors Valerie and Aaron Weiss. Dinner was provided by Son of a Bun and Tacos Chihuahua, and dessert was donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

The event raised over $52,000 for Cancer Support Community. The Raffle prize was his/her Baume & Mercier Watches donated by Mimi et Cie.

Poker 1st place winner was Ben Taylor; 2nd place winner was Greg McLemore; and 3rd place winner was Max Pray. Blackjack 1st place winner was Kal Antoun, 2nd place winner was Bill Young, and 3rd place winner was Julie McCarty. Prizes included $1,000 in American Express Cards, Dodger Dugout and Dodger tickets, Stanford/UCLA Football tickets & hotel accommodations, , Hollywood Bowl tickets, a Catalina Island package, Apple TV, Santa Anita Racetrack Package, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, Pasadena Pops tickets, and gift certificates from Pearls, Paul Martins and Settebello.

Bill Ukropina, of Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance sponsored the food, Jeff Buckner, of the Negri Foundation sponsored the bar and The Spartan Group sponsored the dealers and tournament director. Sponsors were Lisa and Tim Sloan, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance, Negri Foundation, The Spartan Group, Michele & Todd Doney, Barger Family, Longo Lexus, Fletcher Jones Foundation, Susie & Brad Talt, Maura & Sean Townley, Dennis Alfieri, Kal & Roy Antoun, Elizabeth Arnett Designs, Mustapha Baha, Janet Braun, Ellen Driscoll, Pacific Wine Distributors, Vicki & Bradley Schwartz, Meg & John Symes, Joan & Charlie Wood, and David Hellmold. Our founding Benefactors are Ellen & Harvey Knell, RBC Wealth Management, Anonymous, Terri & Jerry Kohl, Julie & Scott Nesbit and General Finance Corporation. Patrons are LeAnn & Michael Healy, Melissa Alcorn, Anderson & Murison, Rosemari Annear, Sue & Steve Silk, Dana Rodriguez & Mike Naples, Marie & John Queen and Wells Fargo Private Banking.

Other donors included Nick Boswell Photography, Bluewater Grill, Casa del Rey, Paul Martin’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pacific Palms Resort, Pearls, Santa Anita Racetrack, SeaPort Village Inn, Settebello and Topa Mountain Winery.

Funds raised by Poker Bowl are a significant source of revenue for Cancer Support Community Pasadena, a non-profit corporation that touches more than 2,000 people in the greater Pasadena community annually. “Once again, Poker Bowl proved to be an enjoyable way to support an excellent cause. Thanks to all who participated in raising vital funds that allow CSCP to execute on our mission of providing free support to those facing cancer. Thanks to all involved, it was a win-win evening all around!” Michael Healy, Board President, Cancer Support Community Pasadena.

About Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support Community (CSCP) located at 76 East Del Mar Boulevard, Ste. 215, Pasadena is one of 50 Cancer Support Community affiliates located throughout the United States. Established in September 1990, the group ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSCP has free programs that complement medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities to cancer patients, caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one to cancer. CSCP projects that it will provide more than 13,000 service hours between January and December 2017. CSCP is a private 501c 3 corporation governed by a local Board of Directors. All expenses are underwritten each year entirely by donations received from individuals, corporations and foundations.