Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has partnered with military veterans’ organization Irreverent Warriors to raise more than $35,000 after a charity poker tournament at south Florida’s Coco Poker. The event awarded $10,000 in prize money and hosted 224 poker players.
Several notable guests took their place at the tournament, including: Coconut Creek Mayor Joshua Rydell; Commissioner Randy Strauss; former University of Florida running back Eric Rhett; Bonefish Mac’s owner, Chuck McLaughlin; former Miami Dolphins linebacker and owner of Bru’s Room Sports Grill, Bob “Bru” Brudzinski; local artist Dennis Friel; and Florida Panthers announcer Randy Moeller.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek President Larry Buck said the casino hopes veterans will benefit from the funds raised during the tournament.
He said: “It was our honor to partner with Irreverent Warriors for this tournament. Irreverent Warriors is a terrific organization that supports our veterans every day.
“It is our sincere hope that the money raised will assist with their important mission, which is to improve mental health and prevent suicide.”
Irreverent Warriors President and CEO Cindy McNally agreed with Buck’s sentiments and stressed the importance of offering veterans a safe space to build relationships with others.
She commented: “We are thankful that Seminole Gaming and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek partnered with us to create an amazing poker tournament where past and present service members as well as supporters came together to further our mission.
“That mission provides a ‘safe’ place for veterans to let their walls down, connect with warriors who have had similar experiences, and enjoy a day of camaraderie and laughter without feeling like they have to perform or be judged.”