MySweetCharity Opportunity: 11th Annual Hold’Em For Heroes

According to 11th Annual Hold’Em for Heroes Co-Chairs Mandy-Lu Ristow and Jo Trizila,

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time to put on your poker face and save your seat at the table for the 

11th Hold’Em for Heroes Poker Tournament*

and live auction. Guests are invited to experience three hours of competitive poker playing, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and dinner. Tables are run by professional dealers and re-buys are available throughout the evening. Each player will be given their first set of chips and back by popular demand, there will be a sit and go table for those who want to try again after playing out. The top ten winners will choose between a variety of fabulous prizes from trips to gift baskets to sporting event packages. This year’s event will be held at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Thursday, November 2.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Heroes for Children – a unique nonprofit that provides financial and social assistance to Texas families with children battling cancer.

No one plans for their child to have cancer. A cancer diagnosis is expensive in every way and impacts the entire family. Heroes for Children works to alleviate financial pressure by covering immediate financial needs including paying rent and mortgages, transportation costs to and from treatment, costs of hospital visits and, in some cases, even funeral expenses.

The Hold’Em for Heroes event has gotten bigger and better each year. We rely on generous donors, community partnerships and participants at annual fundraising events including Hold’Em for Heroes to support Texas families with children battling cancer.

Texans have always been known for their generosity, and for this along with the 4,500 families we have served, we are forever grateful. We could not do what we do without the time, talent and treasures of the generous people of Texas – whose hearts are as big as our great state.

To purchase a ticket, sponsor the event or for more information about Hold’Em for Heroes please visit,

*Graphic courtesy of Heroes for Children

Heroes For Children Will Be Flush With Diamonds Thanks To Hold’Em For Heroes And Harry Winston

Kim Bannister (File photo)

Kim Bannister (File photo)

There’s something about Heroes for Children that once you get involved, you can’t stop. That was the case for Kim and Nevin Bannister. Here Kim chaired this year’s Heroes and Handbags and she signed up again. But this time she officially included husband Nevin. No, they’re not going to hold a fall version of Handbags. The Bannisters are co-chairing the 7th Annual Hold’Em for Heroes.

The three-hour poker tournament will be held on Tuesday, October 29, at the Dallas Country Club. The $250 ticket includes the first set of game chips, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The 10 winners will choose between a variety of prizes.

Alas, one of those prizes doesn’t include the Harry Winston Hope Collection Bracelet. Dang! Oh, you haven’t heard about this nifty bauble? Well, it seems that Harry Winston Inc. has created a limited edition bracelet featuring “a sleek white gold and engraved mother-of-pearl design set with a delicate Winston diamond at the center.” Now, comes the yummy frosting on the cupcake. Retailing for $2,500, the Harry Winston team is donating 100% of the price to Heroes for Children.

This type of giving shouldn’t surprise anyone. The late Harry himself started the company’s emphasis on supporting nonprofits. From 1949 to 1953, his “The Court of Jewels” toured cities to raise money for local charities. The headliner in the exhibition was the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond. And where is the Hope nowadays? No, it won’t be at Hold’Em For Heroes. It will be at the Smithsonian Institution, where it has resided since 1958 when Harry donated it for the legendary museum.