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Central Florida Hillel to help host 1st Florida Texas Hold 'Em Tournament


MIAMI—Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus life is hosting its Inaugural Florida Texas Hold ’Em Tournament, a fundraising event, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 at The Dezer Collection, 2000 N.E. 146th St., North Miami.

For the last eight years, Hillel has hosted an annual Texas Hold ’Em Tournament in New York City each spring. Due to its success, Hillel is expanding this year to an additional event in Florida, hosted jointly by Hillel’s Schusterman International Center (which serves as Hillel’s headquarters) and six Hillels that serve colleges and universities in Florida: Central Florida Hillel, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Hillel at Florida State University, Hillels of the Florida SunCoast, University of Florida Hillel and Hillel at the University of Miami.

The event will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by the tournament. Tables are still available, a $5,000 donation secures a table of 10 players, $2,500 secures a half-table of five players, and a donation of $500 comes with a single ticket. Hillel will award special prizes (to include hotel stays, golf packages, sports tickets, and more) to all final table players. Sponsorships are also available, and come with tickets to the event.

“We are thrilled to host this event in Miami at the The Dezer Collection,” remarked Noreen Sablotsky, Chair of the Hillel at the University of Miami, “We are proud to bring together Hillel supporters from across the state of Florida, as well as those from the broader Hillel network.”

The Dezer Collection is a new venue in North Miami featuring one of the largest collections of Hollywood vehicles in the world. The tournament will be held in the James Bond Lounge—an exhibit valued at more than $15 million including the “Golden Gun,” the Soviet tank from GoldenEye, and six Aston Martins.

Keith Dvorchik is the CEO and executive director of the University of Florida Hillel. “This is a great opportunity for the Hillels in Florida and the Schusterman International Center to work together for the benefit of Jewish students in Florida and around the world.” 

Chair of the event, Sidney Pertnoy, who also serves on the Hillel International Board of Directors, remarked “This event is a great opportunity to have an enjoyable evening while supporting a great cause—helping Hillel achieve its vision that every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.”

For more information, contact Kate Lester at klester@hillel.org or 561-693-8339.


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