|Bodog have announced plans to hold a celebrity 'thank you to the troops' charity event for the 110,000 men and women of the U.S. military currently in Hawaii, many of whom are awaiting or returning from deployment in the Middle East. The four-day event (July 21-24, 2005), entitled 'Bodog Salutes Our Troops: A Tribute to American Heroes,' will be held in Oahu, Hawaii, and will include celebrities, musicians, comedians, athletes and troops interacting in various activities including a poker tournament, family picnic, and softball game. There will also be a comedy show and concert held at the world famous Waikiki Shell for 8,000 military members and their families. All proceeds from the event will benefit the military charity Fisher House Foundation. |
'Bodog Salutes our Troops is an opportunity to give something back to the men and women who have risked their lives in the interest of protecting our freedom,' said Calvin Ayre, Bodog founder and CEO. 'Giving these troops a little entertainment and leisure time is the least we can do for their sacrifices.'
The celebrity events will bring together the service men and women of The Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army and Coast Guard. One of the highlights of the weekend will feature an inter-service poker tournament with finalists playing with celebrities at Camp Bodog on the beach. The finals, which will be held at world renowned Kahala Mandarin Oriental resort, will be overseen by world famous poker tournament director Matt Savage.