The Calgary Flames Ambassadors and the Calgary Flames are proud to announce the 15th annual Flames Ambassadors’ Celebrity Poker Tournament held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 raised over $380,000 for the Calgary Flames Foundation; bringing the total raised through the poker event to over $5.4 million in 15 years.
Calgary Flames players, coaches, alumni and local celebrities competed against more than 400 other poker players at the sold out event at Cowboys Casino. Participants bought in to raise funds for Calgary Flames Foundation programs and charities and play against their hockey heroes for the chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes.
Making it to the top three was Flames season ticketholder Rohan Javed, who finished in third place. Second place went to Kevin Rappel and the first place prize and poker champion was Derek Lee. Lee won a $10,000 Maxime’s poker championship ring, $5,000 cash, two Calgary Flames Top Shelf tickets and a 2020 Poker Championship belt buckle and jersey. The last Calgary Flames at the tables were Rasmus Andersson and Sam Bennett who finished in the top 30.
“The funds raised at this event are critically important to the operation of Calgary Flames Foundation programs,” said Jeff McCaig, Chairman of the Calgary Flames Foundation. “These funds turn into registration fees for low income families, annual memberships for grade six students at the YMCA and nights at the Rotary Flames House for end-of-life youth. Once again, a fantastic event with special thanks to the sponsors, Cowboys Casino, Flames players and coaches as well as the other participating celebrities and volunteers that made this fundraising event possible.”
About the Calgary Flames Foundation
Because of generous support from donors the Calgary Flames Foundation donated $3.8 million to southern Alberta charities last season. For a full list of last year’s charitable recipients click here.
The mandate of the Calgary Flames Foundation is to improve the lives of southern Albertans through support of health and wellness, education and grassroots sports programs. Since the ownership group brought the team to Calgary in 1980 the Calgary Flames Foundation has injected millions into the community. For more information visit www.calgaryflamesfoundation.com