2nd Annual “Tyler’s Team” Charity Poker Classic They Came Out for the Kids!

By on April 3, 2012

Karin and Kevin McLellan with Josh Ackerman-Poker Room Supervisor (center) (photo courtesy of The Tyler McLellan Foundation)

Wellington, Fla. –   Kevin and Karin McLellan of Wellington they have done just about everything to raise money to help keep South Florida kids in youth sports, then a friend and supporter mentioned a Poker tournament.  Well that was two years ago, and on Sunday March 25th they held what has become a fun and great charity event to attend.

The 2nd Annual “TYLERS TEAM” Charity Poker Classic started as the registered players were treated to a beautiful buffet while mingling with the celebrity bounties and NFL players on hand.  The event started with TMF co-founder Karin McLellan welcoming everyone and explaining how and why the foundation was started, followed by her husband Kevin joining her for a plaque presentation to the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

TMF Board Member Marge Fickley (left) and celebrity emcee WPTV Channel 5 Keli Fulton (photo courtesy of The Tyler McLellan Foundation)

Celebrity emcee WPTV Channel 5 Keli Fulton was introduced and took over to introduce the celebrity bounties (Miami Dolphin John Bock, Miami Dolphin Fanatic “The Fred”, “Big Dave” Lemmon-Ante Up Poker Magazine, World Series of Poker players Abbey Daniels, Josh Hillock, and Walt Strakowski) were all on hand to play poker for the kids.  They were joined later by Super Bowl Champion Lional Dalton of the Baltimore Ravens and X102.3’s “Babalu Bad Boy” Ray.

The room was getting filled up as almost eighty players sat down to

Miami Dolphin John Bock, center of photo. (photo courtesy of The Tyler McLellan Foundation)

play poker.  All players that knocked out the celebrity bounties were each given gift cards to various local restaurants and businesses; every table also had a chance to play “High Card” for special prizes which included tickets to a Florida Panthers Game, Palm Beach International Raceway tickets and Bink’s Forest Golf.  “This is a charity tournament, we want people to come in, relax , eat and have fun while playing, next year we have some new ideas for the games” said Kevin McLellan.

“We are very happy, we met all our goals for this year’s event and everyone had a great time.  The final table got down to five players and they decided to chop the pot.

Tournament winners were: Alan Saltzman, Koreen Ford, Ritchie Sharp, Michelle Erb and Mike Androvic

The winners! Alan Saltzman, Koreen Ford, Ritchie Sharp, Michelle Erb and Mike Androvic (photo courtesy of The Tyler McLellan Foundation)

The event was presented by the Palm Beach Kennel Club and sponsored by: Arrigo Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Golden Corral Buffet, Delray’s Finest Signs, BB Kings Blues Club, Miss Geico Racing Team, Palm Beach International Raceway, The Shirt Guru, Divine Pixel, MD NOW, ESPN 760 and X102.3. We also want to thank: Duffy’s Sports Grill, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Publix and Quarterdeck Restaurant.

The Tyler McLellan Foundation was started after the McLellan’s lost their 15-year old son in an “Angel Flight” plane crash in Tampa on July 17, 2008.  Since then, they have done everything you could to raise money for youth sports in South Florida.    The foundation is geared towards rewarding perseverance and not allowing a family’s finances to hold players back.

World Series of Poker players Walt Strakowski and Abbey Daniels, and “Big Dave” Lemmon-Ante Up Poker Magazine (center) (Photo courtesy of The Tyler McLellan Foundation)

You can visit their website at: www.tylermclellanfoundation.org for information on future events call Kevin McLellan at: (561) 215-3717

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