Sports Celebrity Festival

Then it was my turn to take the stage for the live auction. Several other items had already been auctioned off, and then “I” was auctioned off in a package that included airfare for two to Las Vegas, three nights at the Palms, including a one hour poker lesson from yours truly. When I got up on stage I decided to sweeten the pot a little bit. I added, “After the lesson, if you are able to beat me in a heads up freeze out, you’ll win yourself $5000 in cash. That got the bidding moving and we were quickly up over $4000… then $5000… then $6000! The bidding finally stopped at $6600. Later, the organizer of the event, Natalie Cook, dropped by and asked me if I would do her a favor. The lady who lost out on the bidding was saying that if I’d do another hour for her, that she would donate another $6000 to the Special Olympics. I, of course, agreed to do it so our package raised $12,600 for the Special Olympics Canada. Up until that point, after the auctions, the event raised over $1.2 million! Wow, that’s impressive. The whole evening was a blast and a good reminder of why I enjoy being a part of these types of events. They inspire me. Tonight, I’m headed to a hockey game between the NHL Alumni and the “Bay Street Bullies.” I’m super excited about this game because it will feature my favorite hockey player of all time, Wendel Clark, along with guys like Gary Leeman, and Bill Derlago. I’ll be coaching the boys which will be fun, and then we’ll be having a poker tournament afterwards. Anyway, the game starts at 6:00pm so I gotta get going! ]]>

 
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