The Irv Feldman Texas Hold ’Em Tournament presented by The CHEST Foundation in partnership with the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, celebrated its 5th anniversary on Saturday, March 10, 2018, by hosting the evening at the Chevy Chase Country Club for the very first time.
The Feldman family and friends pulled off yet another spectacular evening with over 250 poker players in attendance, over 200 guests in their casino, and an evening jam packed with entertainment and fun all night long! As guests arrived, they dined on a full buffet spread including prime rib carving stations, BBQ pulled pork sliders, chicken piccata, and fettucine alfredo just to name a few! Once their appetites were taken care of, guests were able to stop by the Tito’s Vodka tasting table or the open bar featuring Tito’s Vodka Cocktails, Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Blue Moon, and Coors Light before making their way to the silent auction table. The silent auction featured incredible packages including a Colorado Vacation Package compliments of MillerCoors, a Puerto Rico Vacation Package, Chicago Staycation Packages stocked with endless things to do around Chicago, and many more!
Before the poker tournament commenced Co-chairs Mitch & Laury Feldman, of the Feldman Family Foundation, shared a few words on how much this event means to them and their family in remembrance of their father, Irv Feldman. Then Steve Welch, the Chief Executive Officer of the CHEST Foundation, took the stage for a few kind words before the Artbeat Live performance started. Elliot from Artbeat Live created a one-of-a-kind painting of Walter Payton in under 4 minutes! Once the painting was auctioned off, it was time for the poker dealers to shuffle up and deal!
Competition was in the air as over 250 poker players competed for top prizes including the chance to win the $10,00 seat in the World Series of Poker, a four-day, three-night Las Vegas vacation package at Caesars Palace with airfare by American Airlines, a foursome of golf at Chevy Chase Country Club with a set of Titleist AP2 irons and golf bag, 65” 4k UHD TV, and many more! As the evening continued, guests kept the blackjack, craps, and roulette tables alive with excitement to cash out their casino chips for raffle tickets to win big in the casino raffle. Some of the top prizes included a foursome of golf at Chevy Chase Country Club, wine tastings at Cooper’s Hawk and Lynfred Winery, a Fuji Instant Camera, and a JBL Portable Speaker!
In the end, Joseph Smith was crowned tournament champion and took home the coveted WSOP prize and the Feldman Family Poker Trophy.
Thank you to everyone who made this evening an incredible celebration of the 5th Annual Irv Feldman Texas Hold ’Em Tournament. The Irv Feldman Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament is presented by The CHEST Foundation in partnership with the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The CHEST Foundation was founded in 1996 to champion lung health through serving CHEST members, patients, and the public by supporting clinical research, patient education, and community service. To learn more about the CHEST Foundation, please visit their website at https://foundation.chestnet.org/.
The Northwestern Memorial Foundation helps to grow critical patient care programs, expand groundbreaking research and train the next generation of medical personnel. Their programs reach out to communities with lifesaving education and screenings, improve access to care for low-income people, focus more on education and resources to prevent disease, and help those with chronic diseases like diabetes manage their health. To learn more about the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, please visit their website at http://foundation.nm.org/.
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation acts as a trusted resource for those affected by Pulmonary Fibrosis through their numerous signature programs, including the PFF patient registry, PFF ambassador program, and the PFF Summit. To learn more about the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, please visit their website at http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/.