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Vegas Poker Fund-Raiser Nets $110K for Autism Charities

The ninth annual Ante4autism event, a poker tournament held during the Las Vegas Winter Market, raised $110,931 for five autism charities, organizers said.

The event, staged at the Golden Nugget hotel, drew hundreds of celebrities, professional poker players, Las Vegas residents and furniture market attendees.

The grand champion of this year’s tournament was Tim Wolf from Maxime. Second place went to Las Vegas resident Tim Acker, and third place went to Jim Agate of Agate Printing. 

The Autism charities that will receive the proceeds from the event are:  Autism Speaks, National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio, Bike to the Beach, Lettuce Work, and Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Southern Nevada. 

Co-Hosts for the 9th Annual event included: Karina Jett, Professional Poker Player; Allen Parisian, Apar Management, LLC;  Myra Stone, Independent Representative;  Randy Coconis, Coconis Furniture; Stuart Carlitz, Eclipse International; Phil Miner, Symbol Mattress; Mike McQuiston, Symbol Mattress; Jerry Williams, Box Drop Mattress & Furniture; Anthony Mehran, Huffman Koos Furniture; Joseph Amato, Rock N Roll City Mattress; and Doug Krinsky, Brooklyn Bedding.

The presenting sponsor for the event was Leggett & Platt Inc., and the Final Table was sponsored by Symbol Mattress.  Other corporate and individual sponsors were $10,000 Double Diamond Sponsor:  Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., $5,000 Diamond Sponsor:  Karl & Cathi Glassman, $2,500 Platinum Sponsor:  Elfa International, APAR Management, Eclipse & Eastman House, Protect A Bed, A. Lava & Son, High Risk Pregnancy Center of Las Vegas, Planned Furniture Promotions, $1,000 Gold Sponsors: BoxDrop Mattress & Furniture Direct, Roger Magowitz, Mantua Manufacturing, Restonic Mattress Company, Shari Wagner, Angelique Clark, Custom Fundraising Solutions, Myra Stone & Monnier Furniture, $500 Silver Sponsors:  David Deye, Coconis Furniture, CFS of Indianapolis, Janet Pickett & Jim Ruwe, Furniture Fair, Creative Ticking, Maxime Knitting, Big Sandy Superstores, Gary Fazio, Richmond Furniture Gallery, Larry McKay, Jones Fiber,$250 Bronze sponsors:  David Wachendorfer, Great American Furniture Services, Judi & Kerry Lebensburger, Cranes Mattress Superstore, Englander, Kevin Toman. 

Next year’s tournament will take place Sunday, Jan. 28.

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