Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament

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What: 5th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold’em Tournament

When: RESCHEDULED Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 11:00 AM – 5:00PM

Where: Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center – 4th Floor (1240 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA)

Cost: $50 – $150.  See below for ticket options and descriptions.

Description: The 5th Annual Cavaliers Against Cancer charity Texas Hold’em tournament is open to the public and card players of all abilities are encouraged to register for the event which supports ground-breaking research at the UVA Cancer Center. This fun evening will consist of food, drinks, giveaways, three tiers of Texas Hold’em Tournament (Beginner, Main, High-Stakes), additional casino games for non-poker players, and thousands of dollars of prizes that will be won.  To date, we’ve raised close to $50,000 for the Rebecca Clary Harris, M.D. Memorial Fellowship at the UVA Cancer Center’s Human Immune Therapy Center.


Contact: Shawn Brydge,

Tournament Options

All tournament participants receive a seat at their chosen tournament, a free event cup, free food, free non-alcoholic beverages, and a chance to win great tournament prizes, door prizes, and other fun giveaways.

Beginners Tournament – 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 – Most experienced card players will enjoy the Main Tournament, which offers the right combination of competitive Hold’em and a relaxed atmosphere. The top nine 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 $75** ($60 for Military (Active/Reserve/Retired), First Responders (Fire, Police, EMT, etc.) and members of any UVaClub.

High-Stakes Tournament – 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 $150**.

Non-Player Guest Ticket – 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, free non-alcoholic beverages, and access to casino games.  A Non-Player Guest Ticket is available for $40**.

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

** Tickets prices are not tax deductible.

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 Sponsorships are not tax deductible. 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 tournament by 11:00 p.m.  However, the tournament could last longer depending on a variety of factors.

Table Sponsorship / Deductible Donations

Table Sponsorships are available for a cash donation of $300 and are tax deductible (but please confirm with your accountant). 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 deductibility 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 for more details.

We welcome prize donations of all sizes to be used for door prizes and incorporated in the winning prize packages. Prize donations are also tax deductible (but please confirm with your accountant). If you or your company are interested in donating items to be used as prizes, please look at the sponsorship flyer and contact Shawn Brydge at for more details and benefits information.

Charity Proceeds

The goal for our 2015 tournament is to host 250 hold’em players and raise $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.

Free Roundtrip Transportation from Richmond

James Limousine is providing free round-trip transportation from the west-end of Richmond in a luxury 16-person coach on a first-come, first-served basis. After registering for the event, email to reserve your seat.

Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors (more coming soon)

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
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
U.Va. 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
U.Va. Men’s Golf – Golf Shirt
U.Va. Men’s Tennis – Team Autographed Tennis Shirt
U.Va. Men’s Soccer – Team Autographed Ball (National Championship Team)
U.Va. Baseball – Team Autographed Jersey and Baseball
Streaking The Lawn – Promotional Consideration – 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