3rd Annual Mark Blumenthal Pokerthon
Mark Blumenthal was our beloved photographer, friend, and father to our founder Eric “Rick” Blumenthal. Sadly, in July of 2013, Mark lost his battle to Gastric (Stomach) Cancer. Mark was a believer in community service and was a life member of the Newport Fire Company for more than 30 years. He was also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. After his passing, we wanted to do something to remember our fallen friend, but also to raise awareness and funds during November’s Gastric Cancer Awareness Month. In 2013 and 2014, we worked with the Gastric Cancer Foundation and because the generosity of players & their donors, we raised $4290!
Poker Players Unite is excited to announce the details of our 3rd Annual Mark Blumenthal Pokerthon! This year we have decided to team up with Bringing Hope Home (BHH), located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Bringing Hope Home is a non-profit organization that provides unexpected amazingness to local families with cancer through financial and emotional support. Through their Light of Hope Family Grant Program, BHH offers a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Since BHH’s inception in 2008, they have paid over $2.2 million dollars in essential household bills for over 2000 local families with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area (serving PA, NJ, & DE).
Since our event coincides with Gastric Cancer Awareness Month, the holiday’s, and BHH’s Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program, we will be adopting a family dealing with Gastric Cancer and using our event to help pay their household bills over the holidays! BHH has set up a donor page where all donations can be made and we can track each players’ progress (Here is the page they created for our event: http://bhh.donorpages.com/PPU/).
The Pokerthon will run the entire month of November. Players who join us are encouraged to play more than one event during the month, and can choose to play live events or even online events. For those who only play at free bar leagues, this event will allow you to use those games as well (Complete Pokerthon rules can be found on our website).
In an effort to bring in more poker players to help us reach our goal of $3000, we are working to secure prize donations from various poker companies. These prizes will then be awarded to the top fundraisers during this month long event. There will also a trophy awarded to the top player.
A list of prizes, with their donor names, will be listed as soon as they become available.
Want to play or have a question? Please email us at TeamPPUinfo@gmail.com.