September 28, 2004 - Hooray for Hazel! She Wins the 'All In' Celebrity Poker Tournament
What: Multi Non-Profit Fund Raiser from Blacktie and the Make the Difference Network
Where: Mile High Station
When: September 28, 2004
Time: 6:00 PM Mx and Mingle with the VIPs from 6 - 7.
Ticket Prices: $60 Regular Ticket, $150 VIP
Beneficiary: Nonprofit Members of Blacktie and the new Make the Difference Network
Master of Ceremonies: Jessica Biel, Jon Biel, Kent McBride, Kenton Kuhn
Founders: of MTDN: Jessica Biel, John Biel, Kent McBride and Kenton Kuhn
Catering: Tony's Catering
Entertainment: Jessica Biel, Tom Martino the Troubleshooter,9 News' Ryan Chiaverini, Re/Max Founder Dave Liniger,Bronco's Ashley Lelie,Champ Bailey, Ruben Droughns, Bradlee Van Pelt, Musicians Jake Schroeder and Hazel Miller, former Nugget Mark Randall, talk show king Peter Boyles, former Broncos David Diaz-Infante, Haven Moses, Mark Schlereth, sports host Irv Brown, Philanthropist Holly Kylberg,
Of note: Chocolate fountain from SIR CHOCOLATE.
Sponsors: Westword, New Line Cinema and Liberty Bell Telecom, Denver Daily News
Attire: Casino couture
Special Thanks: Chris Pixler, JW Marriott, Frontier Airlines, Terry Bailey, Jay Gorsegner
Donors: Big Time Sports Memorabilia and Rick Turney
Decor/Rental Company: Accessories Plus Design
Actress Jessica Biel, dad John Biel, President of the Make The Difference Network with Blacktie Colorado founder Georgia Imhoff and husband Walt.
“All In for Charity” Holds Em Breathless
Texas Hold ‘em Poker is red hot. Denver’s version of Celebrity Poker came to life on Tuesday, September 28. This gala event was sponsored by Blacktie-Colorado and the new, Make the Difference Network (mtdn.com).
Celebrity Poker Players included Re/Max Founder Dave Liniger, former Bronco Haven Moses, the “Troubleshooter” Tom Martino, The "Meat Man" Tony Rosacci, Channel 9 sportscaster Ryan Chiaverini, Opie Gone Bad’s Jake Schroeder, sports talker Irv Brown, Westword’s Socialite of the Year Holly Kylberg, former Nugget Mark Randall, and Denver Broncos Ashley Lelie, Ruben Droughns, Champ Bailey, Bradlee Van Pelt, former Broncos Mark Schlereth and David Diaz-Infante, Jazz singer Hazel Miller, and MTDN Co-founder, actress Jesse Biel. Jesse, formerly the star of WB2’s 7th Heaven will be seen in December with Wesley Snipes in the new Blade:Trinity movie. She flew out from Los Angeles to attend.
Sherri Brooks received a special treat. Starting the night as a member of the audience her name was drawn to play at the celebrity table. She did and played very well, just missing the final table. Sherri toils at Key Bank when she's not playing poker.
The Make the Difference Network is an exciting, new national website that will have monthly celebrity auctions and allow nonprofit organization to request funds for specific projects, but not general operating expenses.
Each celebrity played to raise money for his or her favorite charity. The crowd enjoyed food, drink, networking, watching the celebrities compete and playing blackjack or poker themselves. As usual, the “Sir Chocolate” chocolate fountain was a big hit.
The early favorites were Dave Liniger and the "Meat Man" Tony Rosacci. Dave had flown 18 hours from China and arrived just 3 hours prior to the event. Although being a little tired, he managed to finish third.
Although new to Texas Hold 'em, the 3 females in the tournament, movie actress Jessica Biel, philanthropist Holly Kylberg and songstress Hazel Miller acquitted themselves well. They were seen practicing with pretzels prior to the start of the match.
She faced down former CSU star and now Bronco bad boy, Bradlee Van Pelt. Van Pelt won on the river 3 times in a row to stay alive. But with the blinds $10,000 (play money) and $20,000 he had to go "all in" and finally lost. Hazel Miller was the first Champion of the "All In" for Charity - Texas Hold 'em Celebrity Poker Tournament.
So Hooray for Hazel.. Hazel was playing for Children’s Hospital of Denver.