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All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala - London

 
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October 26, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover London
1035 Wharncliffe Rd S
London, ON
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The Arthritis Society is delighted to announce the return of London’s All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala! Building on last year’s success, the 2nd annual Gala will take place on Saturday, October 26 at the brand-new Jaguar Land Rover London.

This event offers a formal VIP experience of poker, casino games, live entertainment, decadent appetizers and an upscale bar featuring martinis and premium cocktails. The night is hosted by honourary patron, Alfonso Balassone, Senior Vice President, EllisDon Corporation. It is an ideal opportunity to host clients, engage with colleagues, and network with London’s corporate world and top businesses.

Gala Details

All in For Arthritis - LondonJoin us for an evening of glitz and glamour and feel like you are a part of Casino Royale.

The evening kicks off with an elegant reception and an opportunity to participate in Poker School to brush up your skills. This how-to session is hosted by the Hollywood consultant responsible for turning actors into poker hotshots for Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game. Guests will then be called to their tables to start the professionally-run Texas Hold’em tournament.

Program

6:30 PM Reception and Poker School 
7:30 PM Call to Tables
7:45 PM Texas Hold’em Tournament
9:15 PM Elimination Rounds Begin
10:30 PM Championship Rounds Begin

Not a huge poker fan? Don’t worry – there will be lots more to keep you entertained throughout the evening!

Enjoy some culinary delights and an epic grazing table. Visit the interactive Seafood Bar and choose decadent bites of oysters, shrimp, sushi, salmon and mussels. Try your hand at the Roulette Wheel or try some other high-end casino games. Don’t miss the premium silent auction featuring an array of fabulous items and lifetime experiences.

We’ve even made it easy for you to look the part! Collins Clothiers has you covered with a complimentary tuxedo rental for guests. Once you’ve reserved your seat (or table), simply visit Collins to be sized and choose your rental: https://www.collinsclothiers.com/all-in.html

One lucky guest will be going home with 2 business class return tickets to anywhere in North America that Air Canada flies (including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean).

Auction

All in For Arthritis - LondonJoin us for an evening of glitz and glamour and feel like you are a part of Casino Royale. With a selection of fine clothing, trips, experiences, and unique items, you’re bound to be tempted by our premium auction items!

One lucky guest will be going home with 2 business class return tickets to anywhere in North America that Air Canada flies (including Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean).

Would your business like to donate a silent auction item? This is a great opportunity to introduce and promote your business to over 200 Gala attendees.   

Sponsorship

By sponsoring or participating in the All-In For Arthritis Poker Gala, you are helping to support ground-breaking work in diagnosis, treatment and the search for a cure.

Thank you to our current Event Sponsors:

Reception Sponsor:

EllisDon

Cocktail Sponsor:

Jaguar Land Rover London

Wine Sponsors:

   

 

Catering Sponsor:

Gaming Sponsor:

Prize Sponsor:

Committee

Organizing Committee

Honourary Patron:

Alfonso Balassone, Senior Vice President, EllisDon Corporation

Committee Leads:

Committe Co-Lead: Carol Rigley Classen, RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Committe Co-Lead: Peter Markvoort, Echelon Events

Committee Members:

Ron Bertolo, Royal Bank of Canada
Rosalee Dow, Royal Bank of Canada
Kevin McInerney, KM Facility Services Inc.
Brianne Murphy, Marketing Consultant
Samantha Parsons, London Health Sciences Centre
Nicole Spriet, The Curated Suitcase
Jordan Winterhalt, Jaguar Land Rover London

2018 Gala

The London community embraced the chance to step into the world of Casino Royale with the Inaugural All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala; a professionally run Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament & Gala at the London Hunt & Country Club. Guests also enjoyed playing Roulette and Black Jack, lavish food and beverages, a premium silent auction, and live jazz music.

Congratulations to Grant Litwin for winning the Texas Hold’em Tournament!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making this evening possible.

Meet Makayla

Childhood ArthritisAt the Arthritis Society, we believe that no child should have to live with arthritis, which robs them of their childhood.

The focus of this event is to highlight Stop Childhood Arthritis, a five-year fundraising initiative that will benefit the 24,000 children and their families that live with childhood arthritis – including those children that live right here in London-Middlesex.

In addition to funding a future without arthritis, the Arthritis Society supports community-based programs, such as expert therapy, family programming and fun-filled summer camp experiences for children with arthritis.

Meet Our Event Ambassador - Makayla Fox, 17, London

My name is Makayla Fox. I am 17 years old and I have Juvenile Arthritis (J.A.). During the summer of my grade 8 year, I developed pain in my knees and ankles. This pain was brushed off as ‘growing pains’ and I wouldn’t be diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis for another 6 months. By the time I was referred to a pediatric rheumatologist, the J.A. had spread to my hands, toes, ankles, knees, hips, back, as well as inflammation in the wall of my chest. To be diagnosed, I had to go through many medical tests, including blood tests, physical exams, x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and ECGs. When I found out I had Juvenile Arthritis, I was relieved. I was finally able to put a name to the chronic pain I was experiencing and have an idea of what was coming in the future for me. I did feel isolated after my diagnosis as I had never heard of Juvenile Arthritis before and didn’t know anyone else with the illness. I didn’t even know kids could get arthritis!
Going to high school with J.A. can be really difficult. Being at school is difficult due to pain and fatigue, and I often miss school and have to catch up on work. An additional challenge to attending high school is endless questions and stares from my peers that come with wearing knee braces. These questions can be annoying but are a good opportunity to raise awareness for Juvenile Arthritis.
I am very lucky to have the support of the Arthritis Society. I just participated in my third Walk for Arthritis and am looking forward to attending Camp Cambria again this August. Camp Cambria was an unforgettable experience where I was able to attend summer camp for the first time and do things I thought I wasn’t able to do since my diagnosis like water skiing, rock-climbing, and so much more. I also made close friends going through the same experiences in life, who still I keep in touch with. By sharing my story, I hope to raise awareness for Juvenile Arthritis.

We hope that you will join us for this entertaining evening in support of the over 6 million Canadians affected by arthritis.

For more information, or to reserve your table, please contact:

Laura Peters
(519)433-2191 x1240
[email protected]