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Poker Pro Bernard Lee’s Full House Charity Program Provides Holiday Packages To Kids

More Than 75 Needy Children Receive Special Holiday Cheer


New England poker pro Bernard Lee on Dec. 18 donated holiday packages to more than 75 children in the Lawrence, Mass. area as part of The Full House Charity Program, which provides a minimum of $10,000 annually to organizations across New England that focus on needy children.

Chili’s Grill and Bar Restaurants and Eastern Poker Tour, a regional amateur poker league, are co-sponsors.

“There are few greater joys in life than seeing children smile during the holiday season. This special celebration has become one of my family’s favorite holiday events,” Lee said.

“I created the Full House Charity Program with one goal: to help local families in need. It’s been a truly rewarding and heart-warming experience.”

Lee and his children visited the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, 73D Winthrop Avenue, Lawrence, Mass., where they met with and handed out the packages to more than 30 families and their more than 75 children.

“Bernard Lee’s charity has brought hope and happiness to our groups throughout the years,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Geller, director of Integrative Medicine and Group Programs at the health center.

“It’s not just that he is giving this year, it’s his consistency and track record that has made everyone feel special and look forward to the holidays here at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Wellness Groups.”

Each family received gift certificates that will cover the cost of a family meal at Chili’s. Every child received a holiday package that includes winter clothing, books, Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines, board games, sports balls and toys. Many of the toys and games were donated by the Eastern Poker Tour and RunGoodGear poker pros.

Lee received and honored specific requests from every child.

Lee’s charity program, launched in February 2011, provides a minimum of $10,000 worth of goods and fundraising annually to children-focused organizations in the New England area.

Lee is a Card Player Magazine columnist with more than $2 million in lifetime earnings. He also hosts the Bernard Lee Poker Show on Rounders Radio, which is also available via podcast on iTunes.

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