Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames Ambassadors and the Calgary Flames are proud to announce the 12th annual Flames Ambassadors Celebrity Poker Tournament held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 raised $415,000 for the Calgary Flames Foundation; bringing the total raised through the poker event to $4.3 million in 12 years.
Calgary Flames players, coaches, alumni and local celebrities including Calgary Stampeders competed against 400 other poker players at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino. Participants bought in to play against their hockey heroes and the chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes.
Curtis Stewart defended his 2016 championship, becoming the only player in the history of the tournament to win in consecutive years. Along with the milestone, Stewart won a $10,000 Poker Championship ring from Maxime’s, $5,000 cash, two Top Shelf Flames tickets and a 2017 Poker Championship belt buckle and jersey. Second place went to Sean Thompson while third spot was claimed by Paul Chipuer. The last Calgary Flames player standing was Dennis Wideman who made it to the final table and finished eighth overall.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Calgary Flames Foundation. The Calgary Flames Foundation is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames which directs funds to support education, health and wellness and grassroots and amateur sport. This includes scholarships for students at Calgary’s post secondary institutions, support of the Rotary Flames House and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation’s Camp Kindle and the Flames EvenStrength program which assists in minor hockey registration fees.
Once again, a fantastic event with special thanks to the sponsors, Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, all Flames players and coaches as well as the other participating celebrities and volunteers that made it a great fundraising event.