Calgary non-profit organization Kids Up Front hosted a charity poker tournament Monday in order to raise funds for concerts and other performances children might not be able to afford to attend. The event has become an annual tradition with growing success every subsequent year.
The All in for Kids tournament featured gamer celebrities such as Calgary Stampeders Bo Levi Mitchell and Charleston Hughes, famous canoeist Haley Daniels, and Alberta Country Music Association album of the year winner Drew Gregory.
The event succeeded in raising approximately $300,000.
Nicky Nash, Kids Up Front Calgary executive director, commented on how the organization has developed over time, “Our first year, we managed to fill maybe half a room and now it’s sold-out.”
More than 100,000 southern Alberta children benefit from the donations which amounted to more than $1.3 million last year. With Calgary’s economy still experiencing stagnation, the demand is likely to grow.
Nash also shared that some donors provide gift cards or cash for beneficiaries to buy snacks at the events they attend.
Next to Calgary, Kids Up Front also has subsidiaries in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa.