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Posted on June 15, 2017 by Outlook Newspapers
Cancer Support Community Bets on June 23 Poker Bowl

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Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa Poker Bowl participants include (front row, from left) Joan Wood, Jane MacKinnon, Patricia Ostiller, Cathy Heflin, Bill Ukropina, CSC Executive Director Meg Symes and CSC Event Coordinator Danielle Gay. Back: Charlie Wood, Bill Young, Ken Russak, John Symes, Marc Wax, Michel Healy and Roy Antoun. Not pictured: Susie Aguirre, Dennis Alfieri, David Balfour, Elita Balfour, John Barger, Karen Beardsley, Janet Braun, Jay Cervenka, Michel Doney, Todd Doney, Ellen Driscoll, Marlene Evans, Peggy Flynn, John Flynn, Kevin Heintz, Meshell Holdo, Clay Marquardt, Julie McCarty, Tom Mills, Chris Morphy, Julie Nesbit, Scott Nesbit, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Marilyn O’Toole, Grace Russak, Marsha Schwizer, Steve Silk, Sue Silk, Lisa Sloan, Tim Sloan, Brad Talt, Susie Talt, Sean Townley, Linan Ukropina, Lauri Wax and Vance Weisbruch.
Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa


The seventh annual Poker Bowl Tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Flying A Garage in support of Cancer Support Community, Pasadena. More than 150 guests are expected to attend the event and will play Texas Hold’em and Blackjack surrounded by a private collection of antique and perfectly restored automobiles, owned by car collectors Valerie and Aaron Weiss. Dinner will be provided by Son of a Bun and Tacos Chihuahua food trucks, and dessert will be provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Prizes include Dodger tickets, UCLA/Stanford football game tickets and hotel accommodations, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, four Hollywood Bowl tickets and a $1,000 American Express gift card. They will be awarded to the last nine players at the final table. Raffles prizes are two Baume & Mercier watches donated by Mimi et Cie.
Founding benefactors include Ellen and Harvey Knell, General Finance Co., Terri and Jerry Kohl, Julie and Scott Nesbit and RBC Wealth Management. Patron society members are Melissa Alcorn/Anderson & Murison, Rosemari Annear; LeAnn and Michael Healy; Marie and John Queen; Dana Rodriguez and Mike Naples; Sue and Steve Silk; and Wells Fargo Private Banking.
Poker Bowl sponsors are Lisa and Tim Sloan; County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Linan and Bill Ukropina/Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisers; Jeff Buckner/Negri Foundation; the Spartan Group; Barger family; Michele and Todd Doney; Fletcher Jones Foundation; Longo Lexus; Susie and Brad Talt; Maura and Sean Townley; Dennis Alfieri; Kal and Roy Antoun; Janet Braun; Ellen Driscoll; Pacific Wine Distributors; Vicki and Bradley Schwartz; Meg and John Symes; Joan and Charlie Wood; and Elita and David Balfour.
Funds raised by Poker Bowl are a significant source of revenue for Cancer Support Community Pasadena, a nonprofit corporation that touches more than 2,000 people in the Greater Pasadena community annually. “Poker Bowl raises vital funds that enable Cancer Support Community Pasadena to provide free support for people facing cancer — because nobody should face cancer alone,” noted Michael Healy, president of the board of directors.
Poker buy-ins are $200 for those over 35 years old and $125 for players 35 and younger. Blackjack buy-ins are $100 per player. Dinner is $60 per person. Poker rebuys are $100 each. Tickets may be purchased online at cscpasadena.org or contact Danielle Gay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (626) 796-1083, ext. 707.