Among the participants were world class poker players David Levi, Eli Elezra and David Oppenheim.
Several hundred people came out for what turned out to be a 12-hour marathon. To keep up everyone’s strength, a gourmet kosher lunch was served. A live band kept everyone entertained.
“People felt good about it” remarked poker guru David Levi. “We had a little extra energy because of the cause. We were there not just for the game, but for the kids.”
AFMP Executive Director David Birnbaum was amazed at the excitement in the room. “I was absolutely thrilled to see how the LA community came together to support this cause, and how their energy was sustained throughout the day.”
West Coast Regional Director Ponnie Saeidian kept on top of all the details, ensuring the event ran smoothly. She feels a strong commitment to the important work of Meir Panim. “I feel blessed to be in a position where I can help feed so many children.”
Event Coordinator Orly Tal worked day and night – pulling all her contacts, generating buzz, and doing everything possible to make the event a resounding success. What motivates her is a passion for the organization and its work.
Prizes were awarded to the top ten players, and included a flat-screen TV, two round-trip tickets to Israel, and the first prize – a Main Event seat in the World Series of Poker.
Games were won and lost, pieces of memorabilia and autographed paraphernalia were auctioned, and a good time was had – all to benefit Israel’s neediest citizens.
We are so grateful to our sponsors: Stanley Black, Leo David, Jona Goldrich, Max Webb and Andrew Stevens. Thank you to Corey Allen Kotler for donating his time and energy. And thanks to all who came out to support the impoverished of Israel.