Once again, TeamPPU needs YOUR help to raise awareness and much needed funds for Gastric Cancer Research! Last year we raised just over $2000 for the Gastric Cancer Foundation.
In April 2013, our photographer and dear friend, Mark Blumenthal, was diagnosed with Gastric Cancer. Sadly, he lost his battle on July 12, 2013 after a courageous 3 month fight.
Mark was a believer in community service and was a Life Member of the Newport Fire Company #1, 44//88 for more than 35 years. He served as a Certified Firefighter 1, member of the Newport Fire Company Fire Police and in recent years served as fire photographer. He served on various committees of the fire community and was a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Newport Fire Company. He also was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
We will be hosting a pokerthon and are looking for poker players (all skill levels welcomed and you choose whatever event you want to play either live or online) and pledges/sponsors to either make a one time donation or pledge per blind level reached (You choose one of our players).
What is a Pokerthon?
We have taken the rules of a walkathon, but modified them to work at the poker tables! Instead of donating per mile we walked, you will donate per blind level the player reaches. As the player plays their event he/she will send out updates via Twitter/Facebook as they play. Once the player busts or wins, they will notify their sponsors of what blind level was reached. Then you (the sponsor) make your donation right on the First Giving page. All proceeds will go directly to the Gastric Cancer Foundation.
**Check donations** Please send ALL checks to Gastric Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 338 Millbrae, CA 94030-0338 Checks should be made payable to "V Foundation" and indicate Gastric Cancer Foundation/Pokerthon on the memo line.
The complete set of rules for the pokerthon can be found here.
If interested, please email Eric Blumenthal Did you know that November is "National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month"? Wear blue to show your support!
Did you know that Gastric Cancer (Stomach Cancer) is the fourth most common cause of cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide?
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Past PPU.org Events
October 11, 2014: Team Weston Pokerthon
We teamed up with Weston's Warriors to help raise awareness for pulmonary hypertension and becoming an organ donor. Weston battled illness for 7 years and waited for a lung/heart donor for 3 years. He finally received his gift of life on December 12, 2013. No matter how sick he was, Weston was always trying to find ways to help others. From fundraisers to organ donor drives, he strived to make a difference.
Mark Terruso, Dave Terruso and Rick Blumenthal played the Harrah's Philly 11:30am $2k Gtd Daily. The event drew 129 players and created a prize pool of over $4k, paying the top 12. Dave had a deep run and busted in the top 20. Rick busted in 3rd.
Amount Raised: $175
August 22-26 2014: All In For Shronk Pokerthon
This was the fourth event we held in memory of Justin Shronk. Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to those who donated!
Amount Raised: $442
May 27-July 14 2014: Raise It Up
Poker Gives & TeamPPU teamed up for the 2nd time in 10 months for this 6 week campaign. The top 3 fundraisers won some cool prizes! Our own, Rudy Schultz, won a Card Player Cruise for two. Another TeamPPU member, Brian Lindsay, took 2nd and earned himself a training session with November niner, Jeremy Ausmus. Diane Roznik took 3rd and won a pair of Blue Shark Optics. Thank you to everyone who participated and most importantly, to those who donated!
Amount Raised: $3759.14
April 18-19 2014: Toytle.org Pokerthon
We teamed up with Toytle.org to help raise some awareness and funds for the Phoenix Children's Hospital. TeamPPU members, Brian Lindsay, Jacob Roybal, Rudy Schultz, and Rick Blumenthal played in various poker events across the country during this two day event. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity!
November 10-27 2013: 1st Annual Mark Blumenthal Pokerthon
We teamed up with the Gastric Cancer Foundation (via the Jimmy V Foundation) to help raise awareness and much needed funds for Stomach Cancer. This event was held to honor our beloved photographer, Mark Blumenthal, who lost his short battle on July 12, 2013. Seven players from across the country played in various poker tournaments over 17 days! Thank you to everyone who played, and to those who sponsored our players! We set our goal at $3k and we are 45% of the way there.
Amount Raised: $2011 (we are still accepting donations at this time)
September 20-22 2013: Poker Gives Pokerthon
We unveiled our newest concept called "The Pokerthon" during Poker Gives "National Poker Month". Twelve players from across the country played in various poker tournaments to help give back to those in need! Thank you to everyone who played, and to those who sponsored our players!
To make a donation, please go here or send a check to:
Nevada Community Foundation
1635 Village Center Circle, Suite 160
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Amount raised: $1629.50 Saturday August 3rd 2013: Justin Shronk Scholarship Fund Fundraiser
This event was supposed to be an online poker tourney, but it was cancelled last minute by Pokerstars. Instead we turned it into a good ol fundraising effort. We will be hosting a poker tournament in 2014!
This was a $215 event with unlimited re-buys through the first 3 levels. Twelve players, including poker pro's Brian Lemke, Matt Glantz, Paul Volpe, Mark Herm, Al "AlCan'tHang" Rash, and Mariealena D'Agostino
all played for a $3300 prize pool. In the end, we had a 3 way chop
between David Krauss, Tyler Blickman, and Gary Howard. Each took home
$1100, but David also took home the trophy. Mark Blumenthal handled all
the photography duties and Fifth Street Radio
covered the entire event live! Thanks to all the players, The Revel
Casino, Mark Blumenthal, Mark hoke and the Fifth Street Radio team, Kim
Shronk, and Courtney Mrusko for making this a success.
Amount raised: $3400
Sunday November 13th, 2011: All-In for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware
Jason's Angels and PPU teamed up to honor the memory of Jason Lamonaca.
Jason lost his battle with colon cancer back in August, but always
found time to help out the RMH of DE. Rick decided to play in the
Philadelphia Poker Championships, which was hosted by Harrah's in
Chester, PA. His goal was to donate at least 20% of any winnings from
the event, and reached out to family and friends to make donations while
he played. Sadly, he busted 30th out of 172 players. The top 18 got
paid. We are waiting for the totals to be revealed.
Amount raised:$0 (No donations were made.)
To make a donation please go here or send a check to:
Ronald McDonald House of Delaware
1901 Rockland Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19803
Sunday August 7th, 2011: Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund Live Event
Cigar, Cigars and PPU teamed up to help raise money for the JSMSF. Ten
players turned out including two pro's, 2009 WSOP bracelet winner, Brian Lemke and Mariealena D'Agostino. Brian went on to win the tournament. Please see pics from this event in our picture gallery.
Amount raised: $475
Saturday April 30th, 2011: All In Against Tay-Sachs Pokerthon
I made my return to the live felt for the first time in over two years. I
would be playing to raise awareness and money for the National
Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases, Inc. My battle ground would be at
Harrah’s Chester Casino (Chester, PA) during the WSOP circuit events.
The event was the $125 NLHE event which drew 114 total players and
created a prize pool of just over $10k. The top 12 would get paid with
1st place taking home just over $3100. Sadly, I went out in 40th and did
Amount Raised: $0 (No donations were made.)
Sunday December 12, 2010: North Wales Library
The North Wales Area Library had been housed in the basement of the
North Wales Elementary School since 1927. Over the years, the collection
had outgrown its space, and facilities for community programming were
highly desired. The present building at 233 Swartley Street was
purchased in 2008. A two-year renovation commenced. On January 4, 2010,
the North Wales Area Library re-opened containing 30,000 volumes with
community space for activities.
Today the North Wales Area Library is used by a much larger community,
including the residents of North Wales, Lansdale, Hatfield, Upper
Gwynedd, and Montgomery and Towamencin Townships. The North Wales Area
Library is much more than a collection of books. We offer a variety of
reading, science and humanities programs, book clubs for all ages as
well as access to required books on summer reading lists.
The North Wales Area Library is a vital part of the North Penn community
and is moving forward with our plans for an exciting future that will
continue to meet the needs of area residents.
To make a donation please call the library at 215-699-5410
Sunday November 14, 2010: Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund
PokerRoad Radio Producer and poker player Justin Shronk passed away on
April 19th, 2009. The Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship Fund ("JSMSF")
was established in 2009 at the Temple University School of
Communications and Theater, to honor Justin's life and passion for his
career in communications. Justin graduated from Temple in 2005 with a
degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media (BTMM). At the
time of his passing, Justin had established himself as an integral and
much loved member of the poker media, having also enjoyed stints working
at PokerNews, Bluff Media, and CardPlayer.
The JSMSF is currently providing support for students majoring in BTMM
with financial hardship, particularly those whose need has been
increased by the loss of one parent, and who may also possess the same
absolute zeal for everything media, a similar quick wit, and a loyalty
in their friendships, as embodied by Justin.
To make a donation please go here and follow the directions below:
1. Click Give Now. On the next screen,
2. Fill in your name and email address. Enter your amount.
3. Choose School of Communications and Theater on the first menu.
4. It appears the Shronk Memorial fund no longer appears in the second
menu, so choose Other and enter "Justin Shronk Memorial Scholarship" in
the field below..
5. This part is optional, but I entered "memory of" and Justin Shronk on
the next part. It doesn't really matter because all donations to that
fund are essentially in Shronk's memory.
6. From there, click Next and complete all the stuff for payment type, address, etc.
Sunday October 10, 2010: Dravet Foundation
The Dravet Syndrome Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit
organization dedicated to aggressively raising research funds for Dravet
syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy beginning in
childhood, and related conditions. It was an honor to work with such a
great foundation, and I hope we can team up again in the near future.
Sunday August 8, 2010: 3 Girls, 13.2 Miles, 1 Cause
I was reading the Metro newspaper a few weeks ago and found a
heartbreaking story about a Clifton Heights (located in PA) man named
Jason LaMonaca, who has been battling colon cancer for 4 years, had his
parents home broken into. The thief or thieves made off with his
mother’s jewelery as well as $2000 dollars that was raised for him by
family and friends. This happened while he was at the hospital and was
told that his cancer h...ad spread to his lungs! This is the one of the
worst things anyone can do to someone else I am pleased to announce that
Ultimate Bet/Absolute Poker and Poker Players Unite.Org are teaming up
again to help out a good cause!
Sunday July,11 2010: Crystal King Benefit Foundation
I heard about this cause on Pokerroad.com during one of their podcasts.
Jeremiah Smith said that Gavin had pledged a percentage of his wsop
winnings to help out Crystal and her family, after she was involved in a
horrible car accident with her 3 year old twins. Sadly, Caden didn't
make it, and luckily Camrea only suffered a slight nose fracture.
Crystal was injured pretty badly and will require months of physical
therapy. It was an honor and a pleasure working with Amber King,
Crystal's sister, and Andres from UB on this event!
Sunday, June 13 2010: National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
The mission of the NTSAD is to lead the fight to treat and cure
Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related genetic diseases and to support affected
families and individuals in leading fuller lives. Today, thanks to the
tireless work of the NTSAD, more than two million have been tested for
Tay-Sachs disease, thousands of Tay-Sachs carriers have been identified,
and hundreds of healthy children have been born to high-risk couples.