Who do you suppose came out on top of the poker tournament that Santa Rosa police officers hosted at the Bennett Valley Golf Course’s Legends Sports Bar & Grill?
Hands down, the winners were the Special Olympics athletes eager for their chance to get outdoors and play.
The inaugural Texas Hold ’em Poker Challenge April 6 raised more than $7,000 for Special Olympics Northern California.
Participants arrived at Legends to find poker tables set up and professional dealers with Blue Dog Events ready for action.
Each player’s $50 buy-in brought him or her $1,000 in chips. Other attractions included several tables covered by enticing silent auction items, a bar and free food donated by Johnny Garlic’s. Representatives of Special Olympics Northern California expressed the organization’s gratitude and mission. And a competitor told the poker players how she loves to compete in a number of athletic events.
Though this was the first local Texas Hold ’em Poker Challenge, the Santa Rosa Police Department is one of the Sonoma County law enforcement agencies long active in raising money to support Special Olympics, the joyous sports events tailored to people with intellectual disabilities.
Organizer Alan Rosenthal, a Santa Rosa officer, said he and his colleagues agreed the poker fundraiser was so much fun and so successful that they will seek to host it again.