Operation Helping Hand
Stakes raised to help veterans
Professional poker players are all about the raise, but Kenna James had never seen one so poignant.
An 8-year-old boy, watching a veteran who lost both legs during a rocket grenade attack in Iraq, pledged his allowance for the year - about $1,000 - to a non-profit organization that assists severely injured soldiers.
In a room full of poker players, the raising had just
When it was all over, James' Operation Helping
Hand - a benefit tournament held this week
during the World Series of Poker's main event in
Las Vegas - had raised $170,000 for the Wounded
Warrior Project, which provides prosthetics and
other care to veterans. "It started with a passing
of the hat to auctioning off items to 8- and 60-year
-olds pouring out their hearts to these guys," James
said of the after-party. "It was very emotional."
"That was big for us," said Heath Calhoun, 27, of
Roanoke, Va., the Army veteran who lost both legs
above the knees. "As an outsider to the poker world,
they made us feel like family. Personally, I don't
know how to play poker. They were more than
willing to let me play."
Pictures of Event: http://sunpoker.com/news/LIVE_OHH_photos.asp
Full Story at USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2006-08-03-operation-helping-hand_x.htm?
Written by Mark www.focalclick.com
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