You Feel Lucky? Try Some Texas Hold ‘Em Saturday

By On January 24, 2014

The Burroughs Baseball program will benefit from a Texas Hold ‘Em fundraising poker tournament on Saturday at the Burbank Elks Lodge. Lots of great prizes for winners and tasty food items are planned, said Ivan Galan, president of the Boosters club.

Registration can be done online at burroughsbaseball.org or at the door starting at 5:45 p.m. The tournament starts at 6:30. A donation of $50 is requested.

The proceeds go to run the baseball program at Burroughs. Funding for public schools has been cut back for extracurricular activities, so its up to parents, who are members of the booster club, to come up with funds to offset costs of baseball equipment, field maintenance, uniforms, bus transportation to competition games and lodging if the games are a distance away.

It can take upwards to $40,000 a year to finance the baseball program, which is almost year round nowadays, Galan said.

Fundraisers subsidize program costs to lessen the financial burden on families, he added.

Two other fundraisers are a Christmas tree lot sales and advertising banner sales, where businesses purchase a banner placed on the field fence that can be seen by spectators attending the games. To purchase a banner, email boosterboard@burroughsbaseball.org.

The great aspect about the poker tournament, Galan said, is that there are still plenty of things to do for those who don’t play poker. It is a great time to meet the parents and coaches involved in the program and the members of the Elks Club.

“It brings the community together,” Galan said.

People can also participate in the opportunity basket drawings for a $1 a ticket with a chance to win a gift basket worth up to $300 to $400. Last year, one of the themed basket offered several DVDs along with popcorn, so the winner could have a movie night at home, Galan said. They have also offered coffee-themed basket with Starbucks coffee included as well as sports themed baskets with Laker tickets.

“This year we have a money tree basket that is actually cash,” he said. “You pay a dollar for a ticket, and put it in to draw for that particular basket and you might walk away with $150 in cash.”

The parents go out and solicit donations from local businesses, friends and their employers. The number of baskets filled with these items can be as many as 35 to 40 or more, he said.

The winner of the poker tournament will have a choice of items to choose from, including a $500 Visa gift card.

If guests don’t play poker, they are welcome to come just to participate in the opportunity basket drawing, Galan said.

Booster club members putting the event together are Chris Hobson, who runs the poker tournament, and Robin Peres, who takes charge of the fundraising and puts together the gift baskets. At the event there will be up to 20 booster parents who will set up, serve as waiters, waitresses and chip runners and greet guests at the check-in tables.

The Elks will offer food items for a separate cost from the tournament. Hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries and pulled-pork sandwiches will be $5 each, and dessert is extra. Proceeds go to Elks functions, said Lodge Manager Fred DeLange.