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Mel Gibson, Gene Simmons, Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, Jodie Foster and Celebrity Friends Helped to Raise Funds for Mending Kids International

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Longtime Mending Kids International supporter Mel Gibson with Gene Simmons, Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn and Jodie Foster hosted “Four Kings & An Ace” poker tournament on Saturday, December 1 at The London West Hollywood. Among other notables were World Series Of Poker Winner Jamie Gold, Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp and most of the cast of “Revenge,” Danny Trejo, Greg Louganis, Garry Shandling, Camille Grammer, Chuck Zito, Patricia Arquette, Linda Thompson, Quinton Aaron and World Poker Tour players Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten. These celebrities were able to raise enough funds for eight missions to provide almost 200 children around the world life-saving surgeries. Mending Kids International (www.mendingkids.org) is a California-based non-profit that provides surgeries to children otherwise unavailable to them in developing countries, and surgical training to medical staff to build long-term sustainable surgical programs. 92% of every dollar received goes directly towards helping children.

Will Hartman walked away with the night's poker trophy. Those who didn't play poker enjoyed casino games and entertainment provided by The Commodores Band, American Idol Winner Lee Dewyze, and Dominic Scott Kay.

Sponsors for the event include ICON Films, The London West Hollywood, The Sher Group, Morgan's Jewelers, Variety, Marich Premium Chocolates, Polanti Watches, BERYLL, Smile Sciences, El Cartel Tequila, Akvinta Vodka, Atlantico Rum, Paul Smith, Floral Crush, and GrapeVine Productions. MKI is already planning the 2nd Annual event for Fall 2013 and sponsorship opportunities and player slots are available.

About Mending Kids International: MKI is a 501(c)3 organization working to save the lives of children in over 51 countries around the world in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. MKI strives to give children access to critical surgeries that they would otherwise not be able to receive due to lack of medical or financial resources, and works to help communities create self-sustaining surgical programs.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
JAGPR
Jo-Ann Geffen, 818-905-5511
jgeffen@jagpr.com
or
Mending Kids International
Marchelle Sellers
p. 818-843-6363
f. 818-843-6365
Marchelle@mendingkids.org
www.mendingkids.org

 

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