For the first time The Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse hosted their second annual Texas Hold’em Poker & Casino Night in the heart of downtown Chicago at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Gibsons Steakhouse! This special evening brought out many familiar faces around the Chicago social scene and even some local celebrities to support an amazing cause.
As guests arrived, they enjoyed a premium open bar featuring cocktails from some of their favorite brands including Casamigos, Tito’s, Jack Daniels and a variety of beer from Lucky Girl Beer. Guests also enjoyed the many delicious passed appetizers and full Gibsons dinner buffet including seared tuna wonton, popcorn rock shrimp with siracha mayo, skirt steak skewers, herb roasted turkey breast, beef tenderloin and much more!
Jennifer Schwartz and Angela Mathew, MBIC Board Members and Event Chairs, then spoke to the crowd sharing personal stories of how their own brain injuries had affected them and what MBIC means to them. Next, Tammiko Bess, Executive Director of MBIC, thanked the crowd for their support and introduced a short video which led into a generous fund-in-need. The energy was high in the room and the poker tournament commenced as players tried their hands for a chance to win the grand prize entry to the WSOP Millionaire Maker in Las Vegas paired with a four-day, three-night stay at Caesars Palace! Other prizes such as a custom suit and shirt from The Knot Standard, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls tickets paired with memorabilia, and $200 to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House kept the competition exciting all night!
In addition to the poker tournament, guests were able to test their luck on the blackjack tables. Guests surrounded the tables all night long hoping to win big and cash their chips out for raffle tickets in hopes of going home with one of the many casino raffle prizes available. These prizes tickets to The Venue, Chicago Red Star tickets, Navy Pier Lunch Cruise aboard the Mystic Blue, fitness packages and more!
It was a fun filled evening as the drinks were flowing and amazing food left the guests excited to return next year. The big winner of the night though was Jason Gavin, who took home the coveted first place poker prize featuring the WSOP Seat & Trip to Las Vegas!
The Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse’s mission is to focus on providing lifelong, community based, rehabilitative support to persons affected by brain injury and stroke. The Clubhouse is a unique place where individuals can come to relearn skills through the work of the day. For many, the Clubhouse is the next step in transitioning from a brain injured patient back into the real world. To learn more on the essential work of the Clubhouse, visit their website: http://mbiclubhouse.org/