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One of my son's friends, Charles Decker, died recently in a traffic accident at the age of 23. Charles left behind a little girl, Chelsea, who will have to grow up without her dad. Charles' friends, including my son David, have arranged for a benefit Texas Hold 'Em tournament on October 8th at the Clarion Hotel in Bloomington. Clarion has donated the use of one of its ballrooms for the event and will have free beer and snacks for those who enter the tournament. The buy-in is only $20, and all proceeds will go into a trust fund for Chelsea.
I'd like all Twin Cities bloggers to join me next Saturday at 7 pm for the bargain price of $20 to assist Chelsea and Charles's friends. Let's get together for a good cause, show how bad we are at poker -- I've never played Texas Hold 'Em before -- and help a little girl face life without her father with a little bit of a better start. Please RSVP to 651-293-1626 if you can ante up for Chelsea. Maybe several of us can also live-blog the event, and I'll try to get a PayPal link so that those who cannot attend can still pitch in a few dollars to help Chelsea out. (Note: they really need solid numbers on this, so please RSVP if you plan to show up.)
The hotel is at 5151 American Boulevard West and can be reached at 952/830-1300. If you have an opportunity to travel to the Twin Cities, staying at the Clarion would be a good way to show them gratitude for their generosity towards Chelsea and the Decker family.
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