Charity: We Love Running Poker Charity Events

Restock the Shelves Poker Charity Event

Restock the Shelves, Feb 2016

We at Kontender Entertainment and Kontenders Poker are very proud of our track record of giving back to our communities through our various charity poker events.

Kontender Entertainment, LLC founder Tom Wiegand (also Vice President of the Help a Brother Out Foundation, which serves the needy in the Apex, NC area) has always been involved in charitable causes, and has received a number of recognitions and awards for the charity work he does both through Kontender Entertainment and in other contexts.

But of course, that is not the motivation. We just recognize that we are fortunate, blessed, in so many ways, and we know that giving to those in need gives our league a higher purpose.

Recent Charity Events

Following are a few of the charitable activities we have been involved in over the past few years.

August 17, 2017 - Cans 4 Chips Collects Food for Rescue Me Across America
Between August 6 and 12, 2017, Kontenders players across four different regions joined other bar poker leagues in collecting non-perishables for Rescue Me Across America,

May 13, 2017 - Cleveland Draft House Wins Battle of the Bars, Event Raises Over $1500 for American Cancer Society
Kontenders Poker and Break Time Billiards hosted a poker charity event on May 12, 2017, raising over $1500 for the American Cancer Society. This was

May 12, 2017 - Jack and Jill Fundraiser Raises $1050 for MS
Kontenders Poker and The Rockhouse hosted a poker charity event on May 8, 2017 to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. The event drew 31 players and

March 30, 2017 - Poker Charity Event Raises Over $1000, Collects Food for Rescue Ruck Program
Poker players raised over $1000 and collected two shopping carts full of food to support the US Veterans Corps' Rescue Ruck program. This event was

March 30, 2017 - VET Fundraiser in Gastonia Nets Over $1100 for Veterans Entering Transition
Kontenders Poker hosted a charity poker event at The Rockhouse, in Gastonoia, NC, on March 25, to benefit Veterans Entering Transition. Veterans Entering Transition is

February 23, 2017 - Kontenders Poker a Big Part of Special World Record!
Kontenders Poker, in conjunction with our good friends at the US Veterans Corps, played a big role in breaking the record for "Largest Donation of Toys

February 21, 2017 - Kontenders Players Raise $2475 for Alpha-1 Deficiency Awareness
This fundraiser was to raise awareness to a rare disease that most people do not know about and could possibly have. This is very personal

January 24, 2017 - Restock the Shelves, 2017
Restock the Shelves Nationwide Restock the Shelves is an annual nationwide event, promoted by AnteUp Magazine and Blue Shark Optics, in which poker rooms across

January 12, 2017 - Kontenders and Dingo Dog Brewery Team Up to Raise $300 for No-Kill Animal Shelters
On Wednesday January 11, Kontenders Poker teamed up with Dingo Dog Brewery to host a charity poker event at Imbibe in Chapel Hill, NC. For

October 31, 2016 - Collection of Hats and Gloves for Sisters Pushing Sisters
Much thanks to players at these Durham area venues, who collected hats and gloves for Sisters Pushing Sisters, International: Piper's Deli Bralie's Luxury Box This

August 12, 2016 - Benefit for Keith Davis' Niece
Kontenders raised over $1700 to support that family of Keith Davis' niece, who is struggling with brain cancer.

August 5, 2016 - First to 1,000 Pounds of Toys for Toys For Lil Troops!
An award-winning program of the United States Veterans Corps, Toys For Lil Troops provides toys to the children of deployed and low-income troops.

February 26, 2016 - Restock the Shelves
More than 100 players turned out for KOntender Entertainment’s Restock the Shelves event at Break Time Billiards in Cary, NC. Former world champion Greg Raymer was the featured guest.

November 4, 2015 - Fundraiser for Keegan Manz and the Cystinosis Research Foundation
"Thank you for being an angel in all of our lives." A letter from Nancy Stack, President, Cystinosis Research Foundation

July 4, 2015 - A Cure For Keegan
Raising Money for Cystinosis In May of 2015, Tom Wiegand (owner of Kontender Entertainment) announced that June would be "Help Find A Cure for Cystinosis

Kontenders poker has brought so much light to our family in a time of darkness. Our son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease at six months old. We were so overwhelmed with our sons medicals needs and bills that first year. They showed so much compassion to our family and jump right in to help us thru that difficult time. Since then they have continued to show their support by raising funds for new treatments and a cure! We are so grateful for their love and support. We would not be where we are today without their kindness and generosity.

Nicole Manz Charity Cystinosis Research November 9, 2016

Tom Wiegand at KOntenders Poker has been enormously supportive & generous with the US Veterans Corps & our programs! We have been overwhelmed with the amount of support shown by him & the entire league. Thank you ALL for believing in us & for always being SO motivated to help us when needed. You all are the BEST!!!

Sincerely,
Andrew Ladner, Executive Director
Jennifer Woods, Development Director

US Veterans Corps

US Veterans Corps US Veterans Corps NC November 4, 2016

What an amazing weekend! We are so blessed to have such wonderful support from our community! A huge thank you to your League for hosting a poker tournament for A Cure for Keegan! Also a special thanks to the Train Station Bar and Grill, Ryan Daniel and everyone that came out to play! Every Dollar donated will go toward better treatments and a Cure! Thank you all for being part of our journey!

A Cure For Keegan Charity November 2, 2016

Help A Brother Out Foundation would like to thank Tom and the Poker players for hosting several events to raise money for our organization. Its People like Tom and his Players that help us help others. The money Raised by this league has helped us turn peoples power back on, build a wheel chair ramp and other great projects we are involved in . They truly are an asset to this community.

HABO - Help A Brother Out Charity November 2, 2016

Dear Tom,

Nicole Manz emailed me and told me about your impressive and heartfelt efforts to raise money to find a cure for Keegan Manz. You have been so supportive of their family and I wanted to thank you on behalf of their family and our community we are all so thankful for your efforts. My name is Nancy Stack and I am the founder of the Cystinosis Research Foundation. Our daughter has cystinosis she is 24 years old. My husband, Jeff and I started the foundation in 2003 when Natalie shared her twelfth birthday wish with me (which she had written down on a napkin when we were at lunch) . She had written, to have my disease go away forever. I never realized that she thought so much about her disease and of course, I realized at that moment that she had figured out that there was no cure for her disease - it was a bittersweet moment. When Jeff came home that night, we got to work and had our first fundraiser six weeks later. Our daughter was diagnosed very early due to other medical complications and so she started the medications when she was an infant. My husband was a Marine (or I should say once a Marine, always a Marine) and when he had to stuff the medications down Natalie he used to say You are my littlest Marine because she was such a trooper and was (and is) so brave. When we started the foundation in 2003, there was little if any research on cystinosis. Multi-year research grants were unheard of and because of that, researchers and scientists could not commit their efforts to research cystinosis. Today, the CRF is the largest fund provider of cystinosis in the world thanks to people like you who have helped us move closer to the cure and better treatments. I wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment to

My name is Nancy Stack and I am the founder of the Cystinosis Research Foundation. Our daughter has cystinosis she is 24 years old. My husband, Jeff and I started the foundation in 2003 when Natalie shared her twelfth birthday wish with me (which she had written down on a napkin when we were at lunch) . She had written, to have my disease go away forever. I never realized that she thought so much about her disease and of course, I realized at that moment that she had figured out that there was no cure for her disease - it was a bittersweet moment. When Jeff came home that night, we got to work and had our first fundraiser six weeks later. Our daughter was diagnosed very early due to other medical complications and so she started the medications when she was an infant. My husband was a Marine (or I should say once a Marine, always a Marine) and when he had to stuff the medications down Natalie he used to say You are my littlest Marine because she was such a trooper and was (and is) so brave. When we started the foundation in 2003, there was little if any research on cystinosis. Multi-year research grants were unheard of and because of that, researchers and scientists could not commit their efforts to research cystinosis. Today, the CRF is the largest fund provider of cystinosis in the world thanks to people like you who have helped us move closer to the cure and better treatments. I wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment to

When we started the foundation in 2003, there was little if any research on cystinosis. Multi-year research grants were unheard of and because of that, researchers and scientists could not commit their efforts to research cystinosis. Today, the CRF is the largest fund provider of cystinosis in the world thanks to people like you who have helped us move closer to the cure and better treatments. I wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment to help Keegan and others with cystinosis. As you know, cystinosis is a very rare disease that gets little if no funding from the government. Unfortunately for rare diseases, the numbers of patients just

As you know, cystinosis is a very rare disease that gets little if no funding from the government. Unfortunately for rare diseases, the numbers of patients just arent there to warrant grants to such small populations. Through our grant process we have provided seed money to researchers who have leveraged those dollars and have now received NIH grants truly a great advance for our research efforts. And what is most exciting is that since cystinosis is a metabolic disease and is in every cell, what we learn about cystinosis helps other larger diseases and disorders our research discoveries are helping patients with Parkinsons, Huntingtons and NASH (a fatty liver disease). We are a small community but we are mighty! You have helped us accomplish great things and if we can help you with your efforts, we would love to do that. It is not often that you meet people who commit to a cause when they

We are a small community but we are mighty! You have helped us accomplish great things and if we can help you with your efforts, we would love to do that. It is not often that you meet people who commit to a cause when they dont have a child or loved one with it, but you have done that. Thank you for embracing Keegan and the Manz family. I know how grateful they are and we are too you are a wonderful person to do what you have done to help our small community.

Thank you for being an angel in all of our lives. Warm regards, Nancy

Nancy Stack President of Cystinosis Research Charity November 2, 2016

toys drive award

Toy Drive Award

HABO Food Pantry

HABO Food Pantry

Cystinosis Foundation newsletter applauds charity work of Kontenders and Tom Wiegand

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