3rd Annual Pocono Celebrity Poker Showdown Announced

Third Annual Pocono Charity Poker Event at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Benefits The NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation

LONG POND, PA (June 6, 2014) – Pocono Raceway announced today the Third Annual Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown, benefiting The NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation, will be held Thursday, July 31, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The event, taking place prior to the August 1-3 GoBowling.com 400 race weekend, will feature NASCAR drivers, among them Kurt Busch, celebrities and race fans.

A limited number of playing spots are available. Fans can choose from four donation options: 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 Showdown; 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.

To register for the Pocono Celebrity Poker Showdown, fans can visit NASCAR.com/foundation.

“The Poker Showdown has become one of my favorite events we host annually,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. “It has been amazing to work with The NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation for the last two years. This year’s event is definitely shaping up to the best one yet. Sharing the evening with race fans, NASCAR drivers and personalities and members of our armed forces, is truly an honor. July 31st cannot come soon enough.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will help The NASCAR Foundation and Armed Forces Foundation continue to impact children in classrooms across the country, with a particular focus on their partnership in the Armed Forces Foundation’s annual education initiative, Operation Caring Classroom. This program increases awareness, appreciation and support among children for military families across the United States, impacting over 40,000 children and 100 schools.

“I look forward to the Poker Showdown each year,” said 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch. “It’s awesome what Brandon, Pocono Raceway and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs do for the NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation. With the funds going to education programs for school children, it’s a great way for the organizations to partner together and advance their missions.”

“We are honored to once again be hosting the third annual Pocono Charity Poker Showdown,” said President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Mike Bean. “The entire team at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is proud to support the work of The NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Services Foundation.”

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