LONG POND, Pa. (June 1, 2016) – The fifth annual Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament, benefitting The NASCAR Foundation and Pennsylvania-based Michael’s Way, will be held Thursday, July 28 at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The annual charity function is being held in conjunction with the July 28-31 Pennsylvania 400 weekend at Pocono Raceway.
The poker tournament will feature NASCAR drivers and other sports celebrities, all for a pair of great causes.
A limited number of seats are available to compete in the tournament and fans have four options to participate. A $250 donation offers a pre-tournament, VIP meet-and-greet with drivers and celebrities on hand as well as entry to participate in the Poker Tournament; a $150 donation offers entry into pre-event VIP reception and attendance at the event as a spectator; a $100 donation reserves a seat in the poker tournament; and a $50 donation allows for fans to attend the event as spectators. The top-finishing fan will receive a choice between two exciting prizes – a VIP Race Experience at Pocono Raceway or a VIP Stay and Play Experience at Mohegan Sun.
“The Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament is one of the coolest events we do and we are excited for our fifth version,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. “The NASCAR Foundation improves the lives of children in our racing communities through their programs and support and we are also excited to have Michael’s Way with us this year. Anything we can do to help those affected by childhood cancer is a great thing. Mohegan Sun Pocono has been a great partner and we are grateful for their assistance.”
“We are thrilled to once again partner with our friends at Pocono Raceway to host the Fifth Annual Pocono Poker Tournament,” said Paul Toennes, Director of Marketing Campaign Management at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “The NASCAR Foundation and Michael’s Way are both causes we are proud to support.”
To register for the Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament, please visit www.NASCARfoundation.com/poconopoker.
“Our goal every year is to raise more money that the previous and we are hopeful 2016 will be our best yet,” said Igdalsky. “This is such a unique opportunity for fans to interact with NASCAR’s elite and other celebrities. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 28.”
Proceeds from this year’s event will help The NASCAR Foundation and Michael’s Way. Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has committed more than $25 million to initiatives that inspire children across the country to live happier, healthier lives. Michael’s Way, based out of Philadelphia, was founded by Chris McElwee in memory of his late brother Michael, and focuses on its mission to improve the lives of children with pediatric cancer and to support their parents struggling under the financial strain of a devastating diagnosis.
Pocono Raceway will host seven national motorsports events during the 2016 racing season, including the Pocono Green 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race for the inaugural time on June 4. The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race is set for June 5, the Pennsylvania 400 NSCS race on July 31 and the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 21. The Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck race is scheduled for July 30 and two ARCA Series Presented by Menards races with General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on June 3 and the ModSpace 150 on July 29 offered as well.
Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.
About Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway, also known as “The Tricky Triangle,” is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In business for over 50 years, the Raceway hosts multiple, national motorsports events including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one Verizon IndyCar Series race, one NASCAR XFINITY Series, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards events each year. The Raceway has added multiple, adventure-running series events to their annual calendar, including the Warrior Dash. Pocono Raceway is recognized as the world’s first, privately-owned solar-powered sports facility. Their 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm provides the energy needs of the Raceway, as well as, adds electricity to the local power grid. Each member of our raceway staff is committed to creating exciting experiences and lifelong memories.
For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com.
About The NASCAR Foundation
Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has committed more than $25 Million dollars to initiatives that inspire children around the country. Evidence of The NASCAR Foundation’s impact can be found on the smiles of thousands of children receiving care in its Speediatrics hospital units and exploring the behind-the-scenes world of NASCAR during race weekends. It can also be found through the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide which honors the spirit of volunteerism that drives the NASCAR community.
About Michael’s Way
Michael’s Way was founded in 2002 by Chris McElwee in memory of his late brother, Michael, who lost his battle with leukemia at the age of 25. Michael’s Way’s mission is to improve the lives of children with pediatric cancer and to support their parents struggling under the financial strain of such a devastating diagnosis. We try to ease the financial burden, so that families can concentrate on the real battle- saving their child’s life. Since its inception, Michael’s Way has raised more than $6 million to lessen the financial hardships of hundreds of families whose children are suffering from cancer. 100% of money raised, as well as private donations and grants received from foundations goes directly to the families, not to overhead.
About Mohegan Sun Pocono
Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, download our app and view us on YouTube