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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.

January 15, 2018 - Kontenders Owner Tom Wiegand Honored as 2017 Veteran of the Year
The US Veterans Corps has announced that Kontenders owner Tom Wiegand has earned the title of 2017 Veteran of the Year for his relentless charitable

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

Partial Gift List

(Although the league has been aggressively working to help local charities since its inception, we have only recently started keeping track of this.)

Total Donations: $10,720.00

Date Location Event Charity Donation
Value
Notes
Jan 19, 2019 Break Time Billiards Charity Event Benjamin Dawson $580.00
Dec 9, 2018 Break Time Billiards Charity Event Felipe Wilke $4,000.00
Nov 3, 2018 Break Time Billiards Charity Event United States Veterans Corps $590.00 Karen Thompson won the TV. Toys where collected that week prior and day off, estimated over 400 toys
Sep 8, 2018 Downtown Hall of Fame Charity Event Kontenders Helping Hands $500.00 Congrats to Richard Davila for winning the Poker Table. $500 was raised and added to the Kontenders Helping hand Program
Jul 28, 2018 Piper’s Deli Charity Event David Meek $800.00 Thank You to the players who showed and help raise $800 for David in his Time of need
May 12, 2018 Break Time Billiards Charity Event Lonnie Bruckshen $1,500.00 cash, food etc was collected for one of our own who lost everything in a fire
Apr 14, 2018 Break Time Billiards Charity Event United States Veterans Corp $800.00
Mar 24, 2018 Remedies Restaurant Drinks & Nightlife Charity Event United States Veterans Corp $500.00 Can food , Hygiene items and water was donated to local Military installation
Mar 17, 2018 Break Time Billiards Charity Event Cure for Keegan $750.00
Feb 3, 2018 Piper’s Deli Charity Event Homeless Veterans $700.00 500 in cash and over 300 pairs of socks where collected

Charity Testimonials

First and Foremost, I want to thank God for all of you that shared and cared for me last night at Break Time Billiards! I want to personally give thanks to Tom Wiegand for encouraging my heart in such a BIG WAY!! There are so many people to Thank I don’t know where to start. Karen Boggs Thompson, Amy Hamilton, Anthony Cefola, Vernon Washington, Paul Thompson, Stephen Magee, Andre Lloyd, Mary Bruckschen, Lonnie Bruckschen, LaKisha Harrington, Thomas Gerngross, Sarah and your Staff at Break Time, Keith Davis, Greg Barone and the countless others they came out! If I didn’t say your name, charge it to my head and not my heart, because I LOVE You all!
From my family to yours, GOD BLESS YOU!!

Benjamin Dawson January 23, 2019

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

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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