The World Poker Tour and Minneapolis-based Latitude came together to host the first-ever NVRFOLD (pronounced never fold) charity event in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event turned out to be a huge success and raised $1.7 million for global non-profit organizations (NGOs) including MATTER, Healing Haiti, Starkey Hearing Foundation and Opportunity International.
These NGOs would use the amount raised from the event to extend help in many forms ranging from sustainable food options to health care access, in Minnesota and around the world. The funds would also provide aid to the people from Haiti, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Liberia, Uganda, Senegal and Tanzania.
Celebrity poker players like Tony Dust, Lynn Gilmartin, Jonathan Little and Anna Khait made appearance in the event and tried their hand for the cause. Anna Khait reached the final two, but she lost to Jon Aguiar with over $1.6 million in cashes.
MLB player Justin Morneau, NBA players Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich and KFAN morning radio host Cory Cove also attended the event.
"Poker is being used to raise money for critical issues around the world, the first WPT Foundation Presents NVRFLD charity poker also witnessed more than $1.7 million being raised for noble causes," said CEO of the World Poker Tour, Adam Pliska.
"WPT Foundation is privileged and honored to be in association with Latitude to help raise awareness and raise funds for philanthropic organizations that work to reach out to people around the world," she added.
She said, "WPT Foundation has now raised more than $11 million for benefitting nearly 30 global NGOs and we are looking forward to continue striving hard in this direction to elevate the world through poker. "
President of Latitude, Jeremy Caroll credited the complementary strengths that came with the partnerships of two companies, who teamed up for a cause and it turned out to become a huge success.
"By combining Latitude's talent for designing experience and WPT Foundation's leadership, we were able to host a wonderful poker event to benefit several NGOs that are very close to my heart," he asserted. He also said, "NVRFLD would continue to serve mankind and bring the community toghether to ameliorate humanity."