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LAPD Memorial Foundation Holds Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament

Tito Ortiz
Written by Jane Emery

tommy-lasordaThis past weekend, the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation held a Celebrity Poker Tournament with PokerStars Helping Hands & Casino Night Party at The Avalon nightclub in Hollywood. Celebrities and VIPs from tv, film, music and ​s​ports came out to lend their support.

Hosted by Don Cheadle, celebrities who attended included Jerry West, Tito Ortiz, Tommy Lasorda, Camryn Manheim, Tia Carrera, Tony Denison and more.

Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD officers and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury in the line of duty.

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Without the help of the foundation many of the​ ​kids​ of Officers killed​ will not have the opportunity to go to college, will lack basic funds for sporting activities or even medical costs.


Tito Ortiz and Beau “Casper” Smart attended the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament with PokerStars Helping Hands at The Avalon

The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $16 million without any direct taxpayer money.

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Besides poker and casino fun, there were sports challenges, cocktails by Tito Vodka, music, a photobooth, a magician, an auction, a raffle and more.

Along with dozens of unique and priceless items in the auction, lucky guests had the chance to win:

  • A 2-seater ride with the legendary IndyCar champion Mario Andretti at the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with tickets, pit passes and stay at Renaissance Long Beach
  • A day spent with MMA fighter Tito Ortiz in training, & tickets to BellatorMMA Ortiz vs. Sonnen Fight at the Forum
  • A stay at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Tour of Jay Leno’s private auto/motorcycle collection
  • LAPD airship ride
  • LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers etc.
LAPD wives donated their time, including Kelly Frances (rt)

LAPD wives donated their time, including Kelly Frances (rt)

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