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Campbell for Kids Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, Brian Campbell, Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, hosted the second annual Campbell for Kids Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.  Campbell’s organization funds charities that serve children with special needs and learning disabilities in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois.  Autism Speaks is a primary charity partner.

The event was a tremendous success, with $162,000 raised and more than 800 guests in attendance.  The entire Chicago Blackhawks roster, including Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, and other high-profile names in hockey, including Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville, radio personality, Steve Dahl and Blackhawks alums, Jack O’Callahan and Tony Esposito, joined Campbell for the annual event.

Guests enjoyed a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle with some of the Stanley Cup champions.  As an added benefit, those tournament players responsible for eliminating Blackhawks and the other celebrity players during the tournament received the Blackhawks jerseys right off their backs! Guests also enjoyed unlimited drinks and dining, live entertainment, casino gaming, a silent and live auction, as well as cash prizes that were awarded to the top five players in the tournament.

Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter Chair, Geoffrey Vance, acknowledged Brian Campbell during the opening remarks and expressed pride to be named a partner.

Campbell’s interest in helping children sparked while in New York playing for the Buffalo Sabres. Brian spent time volunteering at the Summit School which provides special education for children and young adults with disabilities. At Summit he had the opportunity to interact with the students during the school day as well as attend various events to advocate for the education of individuals with disabilities. Since 2005, Brian has continued his relationship with Summit School through hosting the Summit Golf Tournament, where all proceeds benefit the school. Brian looks forward to expanding his work with Illinois-based students through his new foundation, Campbell for Kids. For more information on Brian Campbell, click here.

We are proud to partner with Campbell for Kids to grow and expand support for families in the Chicago area.  Congratulations to Brian on another tremendous event!

Check out more photos from the tournament!

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