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TCA Named a Charitable Beneficiary of Southern Gaming Magazine’s Derby Poker Event

Lexington, Ky. – Southern Gaming Magazine announced today that Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has been selected as one of two charitable beneficiaries of the Derby Poker Celebrity Bourbon Bash, sponsored by Jim Beam and The party and poker tournament will be held on Thursday, May 1 at the Olmsted in Louisville, Ky. and will be hosted by Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum and poker professionals Phil Hellmuth, Jr. and Robert Williamson III. Louisville-based Blessings in a Backpack has also been selected as a beneficiary.

Formally known as the Derby Poker Championship, the event has become a must-attend Derby party that attracts an array of celebrities, athletes, jockeys, poker professionals and race fans looking to kick-off the Derby weekend in-style.

“The Derby Poker party has grown into the staple Oaks Eve event for celebrities and Derby guests,” said G. Douglas Dreisbach, event producer and general manager of Southern Gaming. “Our goal is to have a first-class event while raising funds and awareness for our beneficiary charities.”

“We are thrilled to be a charitable partner of Southern Gaming’s annual Derby Poker event,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “As a charitable organization that operates exclusively on donations, we are deeply appreciative of this opportunity.”

The all-inclusive event offers guests a variety of bourbon themed food stations, sampling areas, premium open bars, a celebrity poker tournament and Jim Beam’s Party Lounge, an area featuring a dance floor, seating and a premium bar.

“Poker and horse racing go great together,” commented poker tournament emcee Phil Hellmuth, Jr. “Last year we had the best party in Louisville on Thursday night with tons of celebs, music, a dance floor, a charity poker tournament and more. This year will be even bigger!”

Past year’s celebrity attendees have included:

Jane Seymour (Actress)

Jennifer Tilly (Actress)

Ron White (Comedian)

William Fichtner (Actor)

Vicki Gunvalson (Real Housewives of Orange County)

Nora Roberts (Best-selling author)

Oscar Nunez (Actor)

Warren Moon (retired NFL Player)

Corey Pavin (Pro golfer)

Troy Hanson (Indy Car Driver)

Bob Guiney (The Bachelor)

Ken Davitian (Actor)

Scot Pollard (NBA Player)

Jennifer Elise Cox (Actress)

Robby Albarado (Jockey)

Corey Lanerie (Jockey)

Chris ‘Jesus” Ferguson (Poker pro)

Antonio Esfandiari (Poker pro)

Phil Laak (Poker pro)

Layne Flack (Poker pro)

Josh Arieh (Poker pro)

Tiffany Michelle (Poker pro)

Dan Shak (Poker pro)

Beth Shak (Poker pro)

Tickets are $100 thru April 1, $150 through April 25 and $200 thereafter. The poker tournament is open to the public with a buy-in of $550 and includes full access to the rest of the event.

Tickets and poker buy-ins can be purchased at The event is produced by Southern Gaming and Destinations, the South’s largest regional gambling magazine that also specializes in promotions, events and marketing for the gaming industry and is a division of Louisville-based Bisig Impact Group.

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA’s) mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue and research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA raises money for distribution to charitable organizations that work to uphold this mission in four categories including Thoroughbred rescue, retirement, retraining and adoption; research; education and backstretch programs; and therapeutic riding programs. Over the past 23 years, TCA has granted nearly $20 million to over 200 Thoroughbred related charities. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).