Santa Anita To Host 'Folds Of Honor' Poker Tournament on Memorial Day

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Santa Anita Park will host a charity poker tournament to benefit the 'Folds of Honor' Foundation following a special Memorial Day card at 6:30 p.m., the track said in a release. Folds of Honor provides financial assistance to better than one million dependents adversely affected by war.

Players will make a charitable donation of $300 and will take part in a full night of No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em poker and will enjoy a day at the races in Santa Anita's Stretch Run Suites.

Last year's event raised more than $35,000.

“We had great participation from horsemen and fans this past Memorial Day and we're hoping to do even better next Monday,” said Santa Anita Vice President and General Manager Nate Newby. “Memorial Day weekend is a time for reverence for millions of veterans and we're proud to be able to honor them and their families. This is a tremendous cause and we're honored to have Folds of Honor back here at Santa Anita.”

For a $30 donation to support 'Folds of Honor', fans can also receive an iconic 'The Shoe Wants You' T-shirt, which features an image used originally on a poster to honor legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker over 50 years ago. The donation also includes admission, a program, general parking and a Challenge Coin featuring the Folds of Honor foundation and Santa Anita. The coin may be purchased separately for a $10 donation.

A silent auction is also set to take place, featuring four seats on the glass to a LA Kings hockey game; four tickets to an LA Chargers game with parking at So-Fi Stadium; a set of boxing gloves autographed by Manny Pacquiao; and the right to watch a race from the announcer's booth with Frank Mirahmadi.

“The folded flag is to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” said Folds of Honor Senior VP and former Tehran hostage POW Rocky Sickmann. “It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support.  Thank you to Santa Anita Park for embracing the call by honoring their sacrifice.”

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