Dozens of celebrities and athletes are going to be hitting the gaming tables to raise public awareness and funds to support Every Kid Counts.The charity poker tournament and casino event kicks off at noon, Saturday, January 31st at a private residence in Scottsdale, AZ. This exclusive event leading up to the big game is produced by Dream Dealers and Pro Player Insiders.NFL Icon Jim McMahon and 2003 World Series of Poker Champion (WSOP) Chris Moneymaker are hosting the celebrity filled Hearts and Helmets Charity Poker Tournament.Three time Super Bowl champion former Oakland/LA Raider, Henry Lawrence will perform during the VIP reception.This fun-filled, interactive fundraiser will also provide an unforgettable evening of charitable casino gaming, silent and live auctions, raffles, premium cocktails, and delicious cuisine. Prizes include tickets to the Big Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium, WSOP entries, cruise vacations, dinners with celebrities, autographed memorabilia, plasma TV’s and invitations to exclusive events. The real winners of the night will be the designated charities and causes.Among those confirmed to participate, subject to availability, are Warren Sapp (former NFL), Darnell Dockett (Cardinals), Jay Novacek (former NFL), Andre Reed (NFL Hall of Famer), CeCe Peniston (award winning singer), Tim Brown (former NFL), Marcellus Wiley (NFL/ESPN), Calais Campbell (Cardinals), Shelly Duncan (MLB), Chris Duncan (MLB), Jeni Summers (model), Miss Black USA Arizona (2015), Marvin “Young MC” Young (Grammy Winner), Will Lowery (Golf Channel), Steve Weatherford (Giants), Demetrius McCray (Jaguars), Kenny Stills (Saints), Tony Jefferson (Cardinals), Major Wright (Buccaneers), Sean Baker (Falcons), Kevin “Special K” Daley (Harlem Globetrotters), and more.Every poker table will feature a celebrity and/or athlete. Poker players begin with $10,000 in chips and the Texas Hold’em tournament is structured with gradual 25 minute blind increases which should appease all poker fans. Seating for the poker tournament is limited and those who want to participate should pre-register here.VIP admission tickets are $250 and include access to the 12 p.m. celebrity reception, a seat in the tournament with $10,000 in poker chips, and a $500 voucher to play the casino games. General admission is $120 and opens at 6 p.m. General admission includes a $500 voucher to play blackjack, craps, and roulette from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. All tickets include catered meals and a hosted bar.“We are really excited to work with Dream Dealers on this event as their status among athletes and celebrities for hosting top-notch poker events is second to none,” said Melissa Mahler, Founder and CEO of Pro Player Insiders. “Every Kid Counts Children’s Charity is an amazing organization and we are proud to advocate for such a great cause.”“Teaming up with Pro Player Insiders is the perfect combination to me. We have a reputation for executing the best poker tournaments and Pro Player Insiders is the media leader in sports and philanthropy and host many celebrity charitable events,” said Jeff Geller, President of Dream Dealers. “As partners, we are producing an awesome event before the big game.”Jim McMahon spent 12 years in the NFL and is best known for leading the 1985 Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl Championship. After football, McMahon has dedicated a lot of his time to his two favorite charities – the Linda McMahon Foundation for Literacy and Players Against Concussions (PAC).Chris Moneymaker revolutionized poker by being the first amateur to win the WSOP Main Event. Chris Moneymaker is considered the figurehead for kickstarting poker’s popularity into mainstream life as we know it today.Henry Lawrence is a versatile performer of stage and screen who has appeared across the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He has been a featured singer at major athletic events such as Super Bowl parties and John Madden’s NFL Hall of Fame Induction. Henry was an All-Pro offensive tackle for the Oakland/LA Raiders with two Super Bowl victories in his 13-year career.Event sponsors include FelCor Lodging Trust, National Football Players Women Association, and Financial Literary Project.Source:PR Web
On June 3, 2017, The Andrew J. Young Foundation will present the second biennial Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards and welcome the city of Atlanta and guests from around the world to celebrate the 85th birthday of its founder and chair, Ambassador Andrew Young.The gala event will be held at the Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta.ABC’s “Black-ish” star, Anthony Anderson will emcee the ceremony that will pay tribute to Ambassador Young for his civic service and contributions to global communities. It will also honor the next generation of leaders from around the world who, in the tradition of Young, are committed to civil and human rights for all.“We are thrilled to host the awards program and convene some of today’s most inspiring leaders whose work is having a positive impact on people and communities worldwide” said Carolyn McClain Young, wife of Ambassador Young and vice chair of the Foundation. “My husband’s life shows us how much of a difference a committed individual can make and reminds us we can accomplish great things when we strive together in a noble cause.”Honorees for the 2017 Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards will be announced in early May. Award recipients of the inaugural Leadership Awards in 2015 included: Ava DuVernay, Strive Masiyiwa, Alana Shepherd, Lucien Ebata and Warner Williams.The celebratory affair will feature tribute performances from singer, songwriter and actor, Usher; singer, songwriter, poet and actress, Jill Scott; rapper, musician and actor Wyclef Jean; singer, songwriter Estelle, renowned gospel singer and musician, Anthony Brown and many more world-class artists.The theme for this year’s event is “Lead Young.” It bridges Young’s leadership path beginning at an early age to his commitment to inspire and develop the next generation of young leaders.All proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s current programs to preserve civil and human rights and help support and sustain future initiatives.For additional information and updates, please visit www.ajylead.com.
Const. Kent Hall, right, has been named in a lawsuit by a woman he interrogated after she filed a sexual assault complaint. Photo: B.C. government.Holly MooreAPTN National NewsThe woman at the centre of a disturbing video, recorded while she was reporting a sexual assault in Kelowna in 2012, is suing the RCMP officer who interrogated her.The case stems from then-Const. Kent Hall’s interrogation of the woman who was just 17 at the time. In the interview video obtained by APTN News, the officer asks the woman if she was “turned on” during the alleged assault.A statement of claim filed in Kelowna court Friday names Hall, a Kelowna RCMP officer with a previous criminal conviction, according to documents obtained exclusively by APTN.“Hall interrogates the Plaintiff in the most malicious, degrading and threatening manner,” the claim reads in part. “Hall subjected the Plaintiff to a brutal, degrading and dehumanizing interrogation for over two hours.”Hall’s criminal conviction stems from a shooting incident in 2009. He was convicted of careless use/storage of a firearm after shooting a suspect who had pepper-sprayed him.Attempts to reach Hall at his detachment for comment on the lawsuit have not been successful.APTN previously identified the woman as “J” as she was in the care of social services.B.C. RCMP told APTN in an email they knew the lawsuit was coming but added they have not received confirmation that it was filed or been formally served.“Generally, once served the RCMP would discuss the matter with our legal counsel (the Department of Justice) and they would provide an official response through the legal process within defined timelines,” the RCMP spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The spokesperson said Commanding Officer Jennifer Strachan’s response to inquiries for previous APTN stories is still relevaheThe June 15 email from the RCMP also confirmed that Hall is the officer involved in the 2009 criminal conviction, adding “the matter was investigated and addressed through the court system.”“I note that should you wish to reference the 2009 matter that was public and covered by the media, there are also other public references about the same police officer in which he was acknowledged twice for his life-saving efforts,” the email adds.Recently, Hall was awarded the St. John Life-saving Award after applying a tourniquet to a German tourist’s leg after the tourist was hit by a motorcycle in 2017.He also received the Lieutenant Governor’s award for holding a suicidal woman as she leapt from a Kelowna bridge.Incident breached Charter rightsThe lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel..“Hall intentionally and repeatedly used questions that amount to stereotyping of a sexual assault victim, which caused the Plaintiff to doubt her complaint,” the claim says.According to RCMP general occurrence reports obtained by APTN, the woman was brought into the detachment on suspicion of public mischief for lying about the assault, though she was not advised of that.“I thought I was coming in to report the assault,” she said in a recent interview with APTN. “He didn’t tell me my rights.”She was not charged.The lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel.It is further alleged in the court filing that Hall knew or should have known his behaviour would harm, offend, belittle, demean, threaten and humiliate her.“J” now suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, reduced earning capability, suicidal thoughts and emotional anguish, according to the new statement of claim.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Read more here: B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster careThe video surfaced as part of a civil action brought against the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).Dozens of Indigenous children formerly in care, including “J,” are suing the government and individual social workers for allegedly siphoning off their funds. The ministry has admitted “vicarious liability” for the scheme.“J” is also suing MCFD and two social workers in another civil suit.The woman now seeks general, aggravated and punitive damages from the attorney general of Canada, B.C.’s minister of justice and Hall personally.“The actions of Hall, the RCMP, were reckless, arrogant, high-handed and abusive and showed a callous disregard for the Plaintiff’s rights,” the claim says. “Hall and the RCMP have engaged in conduct that is reprehensible and deserves punishment. The Plaintiff therefore, seeks punitive and exemplary damages against the Defendants.”[email protected]@HollyMooreaptn