6th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament

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What: 6th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 5:00 – 11:00 PM

Where: John Paul Jones Arena (295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA)

Cost: $50 – $160.  See below for ticket options and descriptions.

Description: The 6th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em tournament is open to the public.  Card players of all abilities are encouraged to register for the event, which supports ground-breaking research at the UVA Cancer Center. Supported by the volunteers from the UVA Club of Charlottesville, this fun evening will consist of food, drinks, giveaways, a three-tier Texas Hold’em Tournament (Beginner, Main, High-Stakes), blackjack for non-poker players, and prizes worth thousands of dollars. If time permits, we’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the JPJ, too. To date, we’ve raised over $75,000 for the Rebecca Clary Harris, M.D. Memorial Fellowship at the UVA Cancer Center’s Human Immune Therapy Center. Please help us bring our total to over $100,000 with your support this year!

Register: Registration is Closed!  Thank you for making this a great event!

Contact: Shawn Brydge, CavaliersAgainstCancer@gmail.com

Tournament Options – Note: We are limited to 250 total Hold’em players.

All tournament participants receive a seat in their chosen tournament, an event cup, food, non-alcoholic beverages, and a chance to win great tournament prizes, door prizes, and other fun giveaways.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase to those over 21 years of age in advance and at the event.

Beginners Tournament (SOLD OUT) – Perfect for the beginning card player who is just starting out, the Beginner’s Tournament will start with a tutorial on basic poker playing rules, the order of winning hands, and some basic Texas Hold’em rules and strategy. This will be followed by a fun Hold’em tournament with prizes for the top finishers. A Beginner’s Tournament Ticket is available for $50*.

Main Tournament (SOLD OUT– Most experienced card players will enjoy the Main Tournament, which offers the right combination of competitive Hold’em and a relaxed atmosphere. The top finishers get to choose prize packages. There will be an opportunity for a “rebuy” or add-on ticket during the first hour. A Main Tournament Ticket is available for $85*, of which $25 is eligible as a tax-deductible donation.
NOTE: Discounted pricing of $70 is available for Military [Active/Reserve/Retired], First Responders [Fire, Police, EMT, etc.] and members of any UVA Club.

High-Stakes Tournament (SOLD OUT) – Above average players looking for a competitive Hold’em game should sign up for the High-Stakes Tournament.  All players in this tournament will receive two beer/wine tickets, additional giveaways, and the top nine finishers get to choose from the event’s top prize packages. No “rebuy” or add-on tickets allowed. A High-Stakes Tournament Ticket is available for $160*, of which $50 is eligible as a tax-deductible donation. 

Non-Player Guest Ticket (SOLD OUT) – Guests of registered Hold’em players can purchase a ticket to join in the fun.  A non-player guest ticket will receive two beer/wine tickets, an event cup, food, non-alcoholic beverages, and access to blackjack tables.  A Non-Player Guest Ticket is available for $50*, of which $20 is eligible as a tax-deductible donation.  

NOTE: All poker events are strictly non-cash charity games with a chance to win non-cash prizes.

* Tickets prices are not tax deductible, except where noted above.  Consult your tax adviser for conformation.

Tournament Structure

All three Texas Hold’em tournaments are being professionally managed by Casino2U, a Charlottesville-owned company that employs professional dealers and only uses high-end tables and chips. They have hosted many similar events in central Virginia and are privately owned and insured. This event is strictly a non-cash charity game with a chance to win non-cash prizes. Beginners, Main and High-Stakes Tournament Tickets are not tax deductible, except as noted in the descriptions above. For each tournament, Casino2U’s event manager will adjust the blind schedule based on number of the players and pace of play with the goal to complete the tournaments by no later than 11:00 PM.

Table Sponsorship / Deductible Donations

Table Sponsorships are available for a tax-deductible donation starting at $300.  Donation levels and associated benefits can be found on our Cash Sponsorship Flyer.  To register for a Table Sponsorship, or to make a tax-deductible cash donation, please visit the registration page. Table Sponsorships will have their company name/logo displayed on their sponsored table and will be recognized in all of our print and online marketing materials. Table Sponsorships are also eligible for one complimentary Beginners/Main Tournament ticket or a discounted High Stakes Tournament ticket (tax deduction of Table Sponsorship donation would be reduced by the value of the seat). Donations greater than $300 are eligible to receivable additional benefits; please contact Shawn Brydge at CavaliersAgainstCancer@gmail.com for more details.

We welcome prize donations of all sizes to be used for door prizes or to be incorporated into prize packages for the top tournament finishers.  Prize donations are tax deductible. If you or your company are interested in donating goods or services to be used as prizes, donation levels and associated benefits can be found on our Sponsorship Flyer.  If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Brydge at CavaliersAgainstCancer@gmail.com for more details and benefits information.

Charity Proceeds

The goal for our 2016 tournament is to host 250 hold’em players and raise over $30,000 for cancer research. All net proceeds of the event will be donated to the Rebecca Clary Harris, M.D. Memorial Fellowship at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. This fellowship celebrates the life of Rebecca Clary Harris M.D., a talented physician and researcher who excelled in the study and treatment of melanoma. The fund provides clinical and translational research fellowships to graduate students or fellows in the Human Immune Therapy Center at the University of Virginia Cancer Center.

Inclement Weather Policy / Cancellation

In the event of inclement weather or natural disaster, we work with personnel from the University of Virginia, UVA Health System, and the John Paul Jones Arena to determine the best course of action.  In the event it is determined that the tournament cannot be held as scheduled, we will notify participants as quickly as possible via email and social media.  All efforts will be made to reschedule the tournament for another date, if possible.  If participants are unable to attend the event (on the scheduled date or a make-up date), they can arrange for a replacement player to take their spot.  If, for any reason, a player is unable to attend the tournament on the original or replacement date and they do not have a replacement player, all registration fees paid would be converted to a tax-deductible donation to the fellowship.  If the event cannot be rescheduled then all fees paid would be converted to a tax-deductible donation to the fellowship.

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors (more coming soon)

Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom – High-end Savvy Rest Queen or King organic pillowtop mattress valued at up to $5,349
NBC 29
– Television Promotion & Table Sponsorship
Bankers InsurancePremium Table Sponsor
Merkle|RKG
Premium Table Sponsorship
Starr Hill BreweryOfficial Beer Sponsor
Casino2U
– Provider of tables, dealers, chips, and tournament management
Trinity Irish Pub – Pint Glass Sponsor, Gift Certificates
The Angus Family – Donation
Rick Stillings Event Photography – Tournament Photography
Monticello Media – Promotional Consideration
106.1 The Corner – Promotional Consideration
SharpInk – Design and Layout of Event Marketing Materials
UVa Men’s Basketball – Team signed poster & coach’s signed ballUVa Basketball
UVa Baseball – Team signed jersey and ball, ball autographed by Coach O’ConnorUVa Baseball Jersey UVa Baseball
Moab FarmTwo Handmade 6’ Picnic Tables
Moab Farm
The Virginia Shop – Large Gift Basket
American Shakespeare Center – Two tickets to a performance
Southern Railway Taphouse – $100 Gift Certificate
Southern Railway Taphouse
Massanutten ResortFour ski lift tickets, Four waterpark passes, Golf Foursome with Cart
Washington Nationals – Jayson Werth Autographed Baseball
Jayson Werth Ball
UVA Alumni  Association – Two tickets and parking spot for football game (Game TBD) & Tailgate basket
Jemstone Technologies – Table Sponsorship
Chris Long – Autographed Items
Chris Long
Joe Harris – Autographed Items
Washington Redskins – Alfred Morris Autographed Mini-Helmet
Alfred Morris Helmet
Skyclad Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography/Videography session to be used for Real Estate, Wedding, Special Event, etc.
The Chestnutt Family – Donation
Kardinal Hall – Table Sponsorship & Gift Certificates
AM Quilts – Gorgeous Handmade Quilt and Pillow
AM Quilts
Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria – Gift Certificate
Vintage Records – Gift Certificate
Bluegrass Grill and Bakery – Gift Certificate
Hazel Beauty Bar – Gift Certificate
Bad to the Bone Endurance SportsTwo Race Entries for April 2nd Charlottesville Marathon/Half-Marathon/Marathon Relay/8K/Kids Mile Events
Bad to the Bone
Family Dermatology of Albemarle – Table Sponsorship
WahooRidge Voice Services – Table Sponsorship
Pink House Villas – Table Sponsorship
Crutchfield – Table Sponsorship
Glass House Winery – In-home tasting of three wines for you and your friends with the winemaker, Michael Macfarlan, and free access to the online course Wine: Everything You Want to Know, Taught by a Winemaker.
Washington Capitals – Mike Richards Autographed Washington Capitals Game Puck
Caps Game Puck
The HomesteadTwo foursomes with cart for the Cascades Course or Old Course
Homestead Golf
WTJU – Promotional Consideration
The Jefferson Hotel – Overnight Stay for Two
Jefferson Hotel
Cliff Bruce StudioFour Portrait Packages
Charlottesville Skin & Laser Center – Gift Certificate
Richmond International RacewayTwo Tickets to 2016 Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES – Date: April 24, 2016
RIR
Streaking The Lawn – Promotional Consideration
TheSabre.com – Edge Membership / Promotional Consideration
Keswick Vineyards – Private Tasting for Eight with the Wine Maker in the Cellar
TokeSmart – Table Sponsorship
RCI – Seven night vacation stay at a variety of resort locations.  Subject to availability.
Ryan Lesser, Northwestern Mutual – Table Sponsorship
Panera Bread – Gift Certificates
St. Maarten Café – Official Cup Sponsor, Table Sponsor, Gift Certificates
Crozet Running – Gift Certificates and Free Running Analysis
Crozet Running
Eljo’s – Gift Certificates
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MADabolic Cville – Certificate for Free Classes
b:core – Certificate for Free Classes
Aaron Watson Photography – Gift Certificate Toward Photography Services
Albemarle Limousine – Two Four-Hour Limo Tours
Mama Payne’s Sweet Cooking – Voucher for a lemon pound cake or a brown sugar pound cake
Meadowcreek Golf Course – Golf Foursome
Cville Hop On Tours – Two Vouchers for a Hop-On Tour
Wyndham Vacation Resorts– Two Three Night Stays in a Club Wyndham Plus Resort (subject to availability – book within 45 days of travel)
Interval International – Dream Vacation Week at a variety of resort locations.  Subject to availability.
Medicine Wheel – Massage Gift Certificates
Wintergreen Resort – Four mid-week recreation coupons
Know Good Beer – Two Tickets for KGB Spring Festival
UVA Bookstores – Apparel, Glasses, and Gift Certificates
Pure Barre – One Month of Unlimited Classes
Relay Foods – Gift Certificates

Take a look at a few pictures from our previous tournaments


Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors!

Savvy Rest Natural BedroomHigh-end Savvy Rest Queen or King organic pillowtop mattress valued at up to $5,149.
Starr Hill BreweryOfficial Beer Sponsor
Wyndham Vacation Resorts– Two Seven Night Stays in a 2BR unit at any Club Wyndham Plus Resort (subject to availability)
James Limousine – Two 3-Hour Limousine Rides for Eight People, Roundtrip Tournament Transportation From Richmond
WahooRidge Voice Services – Table Sponsor
Keswick Vineyards – Private Tasting for 8 with the Wine Maker in the Cellar
Susan Kruger Photography – Full Photoshoot with Digital Rights Package
NBC 29 – Television Promotion & Table Sponsor
SharpInk – Design and Layout of Tournament Marketing Materials
The Pigeon Hole  – Gift Certificate
WNRN – PSA
Monticello Media – Promotional Consideration
Festive Fare –  Rental Equipment
Bankers Insurance – Premium Table Sponsor
Bad to the Bone Endurance SportsTwo Race Entries for April 4th Charlottesville Marathon/Half-Marathon
RCI – Seven night vacation stay at a variety of resort locations.  Subject to availability.
Interval International – Seven night vacation stay at a variety of resort locations.  Subject to availability.
3 Cats Photos – Photo Session
UVa Men’s Basketball– Signed Basketball and Poster
Massanutten Resort – Four ski lift tickets, Four waterpark passes, Golf Foursome with Cart
Jemstone Technologies – Table Sponsor
The Virginia Shop – Large Gift Basket
Blue Naturals – Table Sponsorship
106.1 The Corner – Promotional Consideration
WTJU – Promotional Consideration
Lauren Carroll (Mary Kay) – Gift Bag
Palcha – Gift Boxes of Gourmet Sauces
The HomesteadTwo foursomes with cart for the Cascades Course or Old Course
Wintergreen Resort – Two Lift Passes
Zenas Choi, State Farm – Private Ski/Snowboard lesson for Two. Includes 3 hour Private Lesson, Equipment Rental, Après Ski Wine/Beer
Virginia Blood Services – Table Sponsorship
Pink House Villas – Table Sponsorship
Trinity Irish Pub – Pint Glass Sponsor, Gift Certificates
Family Dermatology of Albemarle – Table Sponsorship
MADabolic – Free Membership
The Cutting Edge – $500 toward tree service
Rockin’ Wellness – Prize Basket (Nutritional Shakes, T-shirt, blender bottle)
Freckles N’ Friends – 1 Hour of Balloon Art
UVA Alumni  Association – Two tickets and parking spot for football game vs. William & Mary
Moab FarmTwo Handmade 6’ Picnic Tables
Pure Barre – One Month of Classes
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman Autographed Ball
UVA Men’s Golf – Golf Shirt
UVA Men’s Tennis – Team Autographed Tennis Shirt
UVA Men’s Soccer – Team Autographed Ball (National Championship Team)
UVA Baseball – Team Autographed Jersey and Baseball
Streaking The Lawn – Promotional Consideration
TheSabre.com – Edge Memberships / Promotional Consideration
DJ Derek Tobler – Lighting
Reed Smith LLP – Table Sponsorship
Revolutionary Soup – Gift Certificates
Himalayan Fusion – Gift Certificates
The Whiskey Jar – Gift Certificates
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – Gift Certificates
Cavalier Rentals – Lounge Provider
Know Good Beer – Two Tickets for May 9th KGB Spring Festival
Fardowners – Gift Certificates
Belmont Pizza & Pub – Gift Certificates
Panera Bread – Gift Certificates
Southern Railway Taphouse – Gift Certificates|
Cliff Bruce Studio – Four Portrait Packages
Richmond International Raceway – Two Tickets to 2015 Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES – Date: April 25, 2015
Kees Vacations – Two night stay in single room at the Fin ‘n Feather Waterside Inn (Nags Head, NC)
St. Maarten Café – Official Cup Sponsor, Table Sponsor, Gift Certificates
Bluegreen Vacations – 4-Night Vacation Stay
The Omni Charlottesville – One Night Bed and Breakfast Package
Eljo’s Traditional Clothes – Gift Certificates
UVA Bookstores – Apparel and Gift Certificates
Mincer’s – Apparel and Gift Certificates
A Place to Breathe Meditation & Yoga – 5-Class Pass
Medicine Wheel – Two 1-House Massage Gift Certificates
Global Ganda – Fair Trade Jewelry
Aaron Watson Photography – Gift Certificate Toward Photography Services
American Shakespeare Center – Two Tickets to a Performance
Jake’s Bar and Grill – Gift Certificate
A Little Something Sweet Bakery – Gift Certificate