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Saturday, October 27, 2018


Mark Blumenthal was our beloved photographer, friend, and father to our founder Eric “Rick” Blumenthal. Sadly, in July of 2013, Mark lost his battle to Gastric (Stomach) Cancer. Mark was a believer in community service and was a life member of the Newport Fire Company for more than 30 years. He was also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. After his passing, we wanted to do something to remember our fallen friend, but also to raise awareness and funds during November’s Gastric Cancer Awareness Month. In 2013 and 2014, we worked with the Gastric Cancer Foundation and because of the generosity of players & their donors, we raised $4290! In 2015 and 2017 we worked with Bringing Hope Home and raised $6243.

Poker Players Unite is excited to announce the details of our 5th Annual Mark Blumenthal Pokerthon! This year we have decided to team up with Bringing Hope Home(BHH), located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Bringing Hope Home is a non-profit organization that provides unexpected amazingness to local families with cancer through financial and emotional support. Through their Light of Hope Family Grant Program, BHH offers a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Since BHH’s inception in 2008, they have helped over 4000 families with over $4.7 million dollars in essential household bills for local families with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area (serving PA, NJ, & DE).

Since our event coincides with Gastric Cancer Awareness Month, the holiday’s, and BHH’s Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program, we will be adopting a family dealing with Gastric Cancer or who’s loved one is a first responder and using our event to help pay their household bills over the holidays! BHH will set up a donor page where all donations can be made and we can track each players’ progress (Here is the page where they will create for our event: http://bringinghopehome.org/event/poker-players-unite/.

The Pokerthon will run the entire months of November and December. Players who join us are encouraged to play more than one event during both months and can choose to play live events or even online events. For those who only play at free bar leagues, this event will allow you to use those games as well (Complete Pokerthon rules can be found on our website).

Want to play or have a question? Please email us at TeamPPUinfo@gmail.com.

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