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Poker Pro Bernard Lee Hosts Gift-Giving Event for Homeless Families

 Poker Pro Bernard Lee Hosts Gift Giving Event for Homeless Families

After writing a story about how a casino is possibly trying to pull one over on its customers, how about a nice poker-related story for the holiday season? Professional poker player Bernard Lee, who hosts the Bernard Lee Poker Show on Rounders Radio and is the former co-host of ESPN’s poker news show Inside Deal, hosted an event this past weekend to provide gifts to the members of 40 homeless families.

The event was sponsored by Lee’s Full House Charity Program and held at the Perkins Community Center in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston through a partnership with FamilyAid Boston. FamilyAid provides shelter, housing, and services for homeless families. It does more than just give people shelter for a night (which in itself is great), but also works with families to try to get them into affordable homes and provide them with the support to improve their lives and avoid homelessness forever.

“This is the most challenging time of the year for families experiencing homelessness,” said Annie Gordon, FamilyAid Boston’s director of development and external affairs, in a press release. “Parents worry that they won’t be able to fulfill their children’s holiday wishes and pay the bills at the same time, which puts a strain on the whole family during an already stressful time. Bernard and his family are not only providing parents and children with items that they want and need — they are also giving them joy and peace of mind.”

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this event is that Bernard Lee didn’t just bring a truckload of dolls, basketballs, and stuffed animals for the kids (again, this would have been great). Instead, he had accepted wish lists from the children in advance and brought personalized gifts for everyone. The gifts certainly could have been dolls, basketballs, and stuffed animals, but they ranged widely, depending on what the children really wanted.

“It’s a privilege to link up with a century-old organization like FamilyAid, which has long stood for helping Boston residents and kids,” Lee said. “My program has become a family tradition, especially for my own two children, who are a huge reason for the program’s success. Our goal has always been to bring joy to New England families during the holiday season. More than anything, I love seeing the children smile when they receive the specific gifts they wished for. My family and I always look forward to this event.”

In addition to this event, Lee’s Full House Charity Program distributes funds to charitable organizations around the Boston community year-round. Lee and his daughter also flew to Houston last month to help out four families who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey, giving them gifts that were on their wish list. Lee also sent supplies and gift cards to people in Florida and Puerto Rico to help in their recovery from Hurricane Irma.

On a personal note, Bernard Lee was one of the first poker pros I ever met when I first started in the poker industry, covering the World Series of Poker in 2005. He was extremely generous with his time and was happy to shoot the breeze with me away from the action, making me feel welcome in a hectic environment. I was not at all surprised when I first started hearing about his charitable endeavors several years ago.

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Poker Professional Bernard Lee Delivers Holiday Packages for Families in Northeast

 Poker Professional Bernard Lee Delivers Holiday Packages for Families in Northeast

Marking his fifth year of public service, poker professional and host of his eponymously named poker program Bernard Lee delivered holiday packages to 50 children in the Milford, MA area a few days prior to Christmas through his Full House Charity Program.

“I’m thrilled to bring the Full House Charity Program to a new location this year. My family and I were excited to meet new families and help them celebrate the holiday season,” said Lee, a Wayland, Mass. resident whose son and daughter who helped him distribute the packages on Wednesday. “It gives me great joy to see the children smile when we hand them their packages. I’m so grateful my good fortune in the poker world allows me to give back to the community.”

Lee has privately done this deed before, but 2015 brought some additional support. Chili’s Grill and Bar and the Eastern Poker Tour co-sponsored the event with Lee and added in some goodies of their own to the recipients of Lee’s outreach. The goods that each family received were impressive, as were the gifts for the individual children.

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, art supplies, stuffed animals 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 and, all totaled, the amount of the gifts to the families exceeded $ 10,000.

Lee and his children met with Milford Youth Center families and handed out packages at the Marchegiano Club in Milford on Wednesday, something that was heartwarming to the staff. “We are excited Bernard could join us at the Milford Youth Center to celebrate the holiday season with some of our families. It is heartwarming to watch giving in action, and to know the children we serve each day are benefitting from the generosity of others,” said Sidney De Jesus, the center director.

The other organizations were more than happy to partner with Lee in his joyous celebration. “This is the third year in a row that the Eastern Poker Tour has partnered with Bernard to make a positive impact on the lives of families,” EPT President Glenn McCrory said. “Bernard is a long-time member of the EPT family as both a player and commentator, so it was natural for us to join him for such a great cause. We were also floored by our players’ generosity and excitement to help out a great local cause!”

“Chili’s appreciates the opportunity to spread holiday cheer at the Milford Youth Center,” said Patrick McClelland, area director of Chili’s Grill and Bar. “We look forward to this event each year knowing that we are helping make the holidays more enjoyable for families in Milford.”

Lee’s actions demonstrate the true meaning of the holiday season in looking out for your fellow man. Here’s wishing another five years – and even more – to Lee’s Full House Charity Program and the best of the season to those who benefitted from the organizations’ gifts.

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