At their third annual fundraising Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament held back in September, the Boys and Girls Club of Vista raised a record of $21,000. The money helps provide the local youth of Vista with educational and life-changing programs for academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. That tournament raised three times as much as the 2018 event, which saw $7,000 go to help the Boys and Girls Club. The 2019 tournament demonstrated the success of the foundation in holding the fundraiser as well as poker’s popularity as a social game.
With play going on into the night, the event provided a fantastic time for attendees, as players went “All in for Kids” in the organization’s most successful fundraiser to date noted how tournament Co-Chair Charity Bracy believes that the Boys and Girls Club of Vista is an integral part of the community and offers incredible enrichment opportunities for the city’s youth. The money raised from the poker tournament will help the Club fully fund its youth programs.
The overwhelming success experienced by the Club’s fundraiser is also due in part to the popularity of poker as a social and fundraising event. Online Fundraising Today explains how fundraising poker tournaments are effective because they offer plenty of ways to generate revenue as well as being popular with the public. That poker is seen as good way for people to get together rather than just a gaming pastime is due to changing shifts in the industry. Many online companies now promote a more social game for players to meet and chat, and in some cases, start a social network. Case in point, Bago Games considers Poker one of the biggest market disruptors in online poker, as it provides global players with a format that allows them to play with virtual money and enjoy the social aspect of the game. This has helped make poker become more widely acceptable and popular across different demographics and is why the Boys and Girls Club’s Texas Hold’Em poker tournament did so well.
2019 was the Club’s third annual event with the buy-in set at $125 with an early registration price of only $100. First place was claimed by Matthew Hansen</a>, with Lee Lawson in second place and Joe Green in third, after a long, hard-fought battle that went well into the night. Generous sponsorship was provided by local businesses and entrepreneurs, with the event held at the Club’s home location at 410 W. California Ave.
The Boys and Girls Club of Vista serves 1,200 youth ages 5-18 and provides outcome-driven programs that emphasize academic success like STEAM, competitive sports, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. It also provides a safe environment where kids can learn and develop important life skills. Funds raised from the community help fill the gap between the Boys and Girls Club membership fee of $50 a year and actual program cost per child of $702. With the success of 2019’s poker tournament, this year’s tournament promises to be an event that’s definitely worth looking forward to.
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