February 28, 2019 at Deerfoot Casino

The 7th Annual All In For Kids charity poker tournament was our biggest and best tournament yet!

With a new venue, incredible prizes, and celebrities and athletes in attendance, the tournament ran late into the evening and ranks as the best tournament in the All In For Kids’ history. We are excited for what 2020 brings!

Congratulations to Dana Murzyn, a long-time celebrity guest at this event, on winning first place! Thank you, Dana for going “all in” for local kids. Dana beat out almost 300 guests to claim victory this year, winning the Rockies prize package, containing ski passes, hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, Via Rail and spa certificates, and cash. Thanks so much for your support, and congratulations on your win!

We are very grateful to have hosted a bigger and better event this year, with more tables, more guests, and generous sponsors. Thank you to everyone who continues to support us; your generosity keeps us going. We extend a heartfelt thank you to the following companies for supporting the seventh annual All In For Kids Charity Poker Tournament:

Full House Sponsors

Three Jacks Sponsors

Pocket Aces Sponsor

Volunteer Sponsors

Thank you, also to Jock Wilson for returning as our host and emcee, and ensuring that everyone was ready for “cards to fly”!  Your experience with this event, and your time is sincerely appreciated. We could not run this tournament without you; thank you for all you do for us. It is a huge help to our very small team.

We are grateful to all of the celebrities that turned out to mingle with our guests, play some cards and hand over their signed bounty items! It is always a pleasure to catch up with our returning players and to welcome celebrities new to this event. Thank you for giving your time to us, and for ensuring our guests had a fabulous evening of conversation, storytelling and laughter.

Thank you, as always, to Big Chief Meat Snacks, a longtime supporter of our events and ticket program. Our guests have been enjoying Big Chief Meat Snacks at All In For Kids since the very first tournament; thank you for ensuring our snack table is stocked with delicious late night treats for our guests to enjoy!

Thank you to Don, Marigrace, and all the staff of Deerfoot who provided outstanding customer service to our team, guests and volunteers. It was a pleasure to work alongside you to create a perfect atmosphere, delicious meal, and an exciting poker tournament. It was our biggest and our best!

We also wish to extend a very big and heartfelt thank you to our team of 20 volunteers who helped us out that evening; we really and truly could not have hosted this event without you! Kids Up Front is only a staff of four; our volunteers are valued team members. We really appreciate your willingness to take on all kinds of tasks, even dirty ones (such as set up and clean up), picking up items for us, delivering items, setting up displays, hauling boxes, unpacking, and much more. Volunteering is not always glamorous, and we appreciate the willingness of so many to pitch in where needed most, to stay late in the evening on a work night, and to problem solve “on-the-spot”. Thank you to all who helped with registration, greeting guests, finding table numbers, picking up supplies, helping at the silent auction, and tidying up. We sincerely appreciate each and everyone of you, and the time you gave us on Thursday night. We absolutely could not do it without you!

Thank you also to our amazing Board of Directors, whose tireless commitment and efforts make this event such an incredible success every year. You are appreciated more than we can ever fully express!

Thank you to our friends and supporters at Mad Monkey. Mad Monkey donated all of the printing for the event, the mementoes, programs, signage and sponsor boards. Thank you for this and all your support throughout the year with our printing needs. It is a pleasure to work with your team over the past several years; your support means that our donor dollars can go directly to our children’s programs, and that is amazing!

Thank you to Connate Water Systems for keeping our almost 300 guests hydrated at the tables, and to SOS Charging Stations for keeping everyone’s devices fully charged throughout the evening. Our guests appreciate the extra touches to make this event fabulous! Elevate Auctions provided super customer service for our silent auction table, and made the bidding process easy for our guests.

To all of our community businesses, restaurants, shops, and partners, thank you for donating rebuy and auction items that significantly impact the success of this event. Your generosity is most appreciated.

The 7th Annual All In For Kids Charity Poker tournament was a huge success. We are truly grateful for all of our returning supporters, and those that are new to All In For Kids. We hope you had a fabulous time.

But most importantly, each and every guest gave a kid a seat in the crowd, a seat up front, and memories that will last a lifetime.  For that, there is no thank you big enough!

You can check out the All In For Kids photos here.

Nicole from Parker Pictures did an amazing job capturing moments from the evening. Thanks, Nicole for helping us out every year!

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