On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Brian Campbell, Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, hosted a Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. to raise funds for his new foundation, Campbell for Kids. The mission of the foundation is to raise funds for charities throughout Chicago and Illinois that serve children with special needs and learning disabilities. During this first year, the focus is to raise funds for autism, and Brian has named Autism Speaks as a primary charity partner.
The event was a tremendous success, with $115,000 raised. With dozens of celebrities in attendance, including Tony Esposito, Jim McMahon, Patrick Kane and other current and alumni Blackhawks team members, guests enjoyed a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle with some of Chicago’s greatest athletes. Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter Vice Chair, Tricia Brouwers, acknowledged Brian Campbell during the opening remarks and expressed pride to be named a partner. More than 750 guests enjoyed top-notch tournament play. 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. The auction was an area of interest with several auction packages including signed memorabilia, including a helmet signed by hockey great Tony Esposito and dinner with three Chicago Blackhawks team members helped to raise more than $20,000 alone.
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 a tremendous event!
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