Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fifth Annual Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament

The fifth annual Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament, benefiting 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

“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.

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