Online Casino Firm Supports Youth Charity
Santa Monica was bustling last week as stars stepped out for the Los Angeles Lakers 3rd Annual Casino night and Celebrity Poker International. Sponsored by online casino firm Bodog, the charity event helped to raise some much needed support for the LA Lakers Youth Foundation as well as some healthy publicity for Calvin Ayre and his online casino firm. The colorful online casino boss was accompanied by Lakers owner Dr Jerry Buss while he welcomed guests to the benefit.
A number of well known LA Lakers attended the online casino event, including Lamar Odom, Devean George, Kwame Brown, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Kurt Rambis. Past and present players were joined by several leading Hollywood celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Magic Johnson, Jeremy Piven, Dean Cain and Jon Kelley. Female poker champs Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Tilly were also in attendance. Guests at the event learned how to play online casino poker at the “Bodog Poker Boot Camp” with the money they spent going to boost donations to the LA Lakers Youth Foundation. Bodog’s CEO Calvin Ayre also donated $150,000 to the charity from the online casino firm beforehand.
The LA Lakers Youth Foundation is just one of the charities receiving support from Ayre’s online casino ventures. The Foundation currently provides financial assistance to approximately 30 leading children’s charities in the Los Angeles area, and runs programs focusing on medical care and education. The proceeds raised by the online casino charity event will go toward extra curricula activities and extending the charity’s financial capabilities.