On Friday, November 17, 2017 with the beautiful views of the Chicago River from the Riverview Terrace at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, The Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse successfully hosted their first Texas Hold’em Poker & Casino Night! The evening was jam packed with supporters including local celebrities such as Daniel Carcillo of the Chicago Blackhawks, Christopher “Fred” Frederickson of 103.5KissFm’s Hot morning radio show, Marley Kayden of NBC, Siera Santos of CSN, and many more.
As guests arrived, they were greeted with a hosted bar featuring cocktails from some of their favorite brands including Absolut Elyx & Maker’s Mark as well as passed appetizers including ricotta & herb stuffed mushrooms, tuna tartare, mini crab cakes, and mini prime burgers to name a few.
After a few words from MBIC Board Member and Event Chair, Jennifer Schwarz, 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 signature suit and two signature shirts from The Knot Standard, Autographed Blackhawks Jerseys, and $200 to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House (to name a few) kept the competition on the tables going all night!
In addition to the poker tournament, guests were able to test their luck on the blackjack tables. If they won big at the tables, they were able to cash their chips out for raffle tickets to be entered in the casino raffle drawings. These prizes included gift baskets featuring Tiffany & Co.’s new fall fragrance in a perfume, body lotion, & shower gel, a Vodka Party Basket with all your favorite vodka accessories like Moscow mule mugs and martini glasses, and autographed memorabilia from the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and White Sox.
As the evening wound down, Randy Mariani 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/