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Poker Player Bernard Lee, FamilyAid Boston Team Up For Homeless

FamilyAid Boston Works With Lee And One Step Closer Foundation To Bring Holiday Cheer To 41 Families

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Bernard Lee and His FamilyThe holidays will be just a bit brighter for 41 families, including 67 children in Boston this week, as the One Step Closer Foundation, in conjunction with FamilyAid Boston, teamed up with professional poker player Bernard Lee for a gift-giving event.

“This is a challenging time of year for parents and children experiencing homelessness,” said Larry Seamans, FamilyAid Boston’s president. “The parents we work with are saving every penny for housing and can’t provide their children with any kind of holiday. Their children are stressed with their need for a home, and won’t even consider asking for something they might simply wish for or want like a simple toy. Bernard and his family are giving our families the gift of joy and celebration during what can be an otherwise stressful time.”

Lee, who rose to fame in the poker world after his 13th-place run in the 2005 World Series of Poker main event, was joined at the Saturday event by his family.

“My family and I really look forward to this time of year, and we truly love having the privilege of partnering with great organizations like FamilyAid Boston and One Step Closer Foundation to bring some joy to New England families during the holiday season,” said Lee. “This year, we had a few surprises in store for both the parents and the kids, such as celebrity-autographed sports paraphernalia and specially-requested toys for individual kids. My family and I always look forward to this event, and we love seeing the kids’ faces when they open their gifts.”

Lee is also the host of the Bernard Lee Poker Show in addition to his role as Vice President of Marketing and Operations for the One Step Closer Foundation. In 2011, he launched the Full House Charity Program, which has helped more than 275 families in the greater New England area since its inception.