$29,000 raised for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation at Charity Poker Tournament

July 23, 2022 4 min. read
Toasting to the return of the annual Texas Hold’em for Shelter Charity Tournament are, from L-R: Desmond von Teichman (broker/owner, Royal LePage Locations North), Tracey Bish (broker of record, Royal LePage Atlantic), and Mark Wolle (broker of record, Royal LePage Wolle Realty)

After a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation was delighted to welcome players back to their 5th annual Texas Hold’em Charity Poker event on June 21 in Toronto. 

Held downtown at the Bottom Line bar, a room of players participated in the fun and friendly tournament, raising $29,000 for the cause. Since Royal LePage Canada covers the administrative costs of the Foundation, 100 per cent of proceeds will support programs that help women rebuild their lives free from abuse and help teenagers learn how to build healthy, safe and respectful relationships.

Laurence Putnam with Royal LePage Sussex in North Vancouver celebrates winning the Lucky Card Draw with Royal LePage president and CEO, Phil Soper.

The evening’s big winners, taking home gift cards to Apple, Canadian Tire and SportChek, were Mike Stevens (guest of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services), Rodrigo Pinto (Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.) and Damon Conrad (Royal LePage Commercial). 

“Just feeling the buzz of a room full of some of our most dedicated supporters was amazing, but the fundraising success made the evening all the more amazing,” said Royal LePage Shelter Foundation executive director, Lisa Gibbs. “The generosity of our guests was on full display all night long. While all players hoped to be crowned a winner, it was clear that the Shelter Foundation coming away as the ultimate winner was everyone’s top priority!”

TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists attend the 5th annual Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament for Shelter. TD is a proud national sponsor of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Without sponsors, events like Texas Hold’em for Shelter aren’t possible. Sincerest thanks go to these incredible companies and individuals who’ve joined with the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation to make home a safe place for everyone: TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists, Royal LePage Connect Realty, Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Royal Lepage RCR Realty, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Royal LePage Team Realty, Royal LePage Commercial, Sagen, DISCover What Works, Neil Strickler, Mary Sigiannis, Paula Mitchell Massaar and Colby Bayne.

Rob Landry, broker/owner with Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services (L) celebrates with the evening’s first place winner, Mike Stevens.

Special shout-out goes to the incredible volunteer team from Royal LePage for lending their time and talents to the cause – Tilly Murphy, Stephanie Gellman, Jasmine Jeffries, and Alicia Omand!