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Santa Anita to Host ‘Folds Of Honor’ Poker Tournament to Benefit Disabled Veterans – Horse Racing News


Table for the Folds of Honor charity poker tournament in Santa Anita.

In an effort to support the families of fallen or disabled U.S. military veterans, Santa Anita will host a post-race charity poker tournament on Sunday at 5:45 p.m. (PT) to benefit the world-renowned Folds of Honor Foundation.

Folds of Honor helps bridge a financial gap faced by more than one million war-affected dependents.

The tournament will take place near the top of the stretch in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace conference room on the second floor of the grandstand. Players will donate $30 to charity and get a full night of No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em as well as a day of racing at the Stretch Run Suites in Santa Anita.

Santa Anita’s first Folds of Honor tournament last October raised over $50,000. Track officials hope to build on this success.

“We had great rider and fan turnout last October and hope to do even better this Sunday,” said Santa Anita Vice President and General Manager Nate Newby. “Memorial Day weekend is a time of reverence for millions of veterans and we are proud to be able to honor them and their families.”

The $30 donation gets fans an iconic “The Shoe Wants You” t-shirt, the image of which was originally used on a full-color poster honoring legendary Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker he over 50 years ago.

In addition to the t-shirt, the $30 donation also includes admission, program, general parking, and a challenge coin featuring the Folds of Honor Foundation and Santa Anita Park. The piece can also be purchased separately for a $10 donation.

“The folded flag is meant to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” said Folds of Honor Senior Vice President and former Tehran hostage Rocky Sickmann. “It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones who need our support.

“Thank you Santa Anita Park for answering the call by honoring their sacrifice.”

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