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2nd Annual Cory Lidle Memorial Poker Game
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Hollywood Park Casino
3883 W. Centry Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303

The 2nd Annual Cory Lidle Memorial Poker Tournament Hosted by Randy Wolf, taking place on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at the Hollywood Park Casino at 3883 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood, CA, has once again selected The Make-A-Wish Foundation as the benefiting charity.

Lidle, a major league pitcher for the New York Yankees, considered the Make-A-Wish Foundation his charity of choice. He had spent countless hours in the last few years of his life planning and hosting poker tournament fundraisers in Las Vegas, before his untimely death in a plane accident on October 11, 2006 in New York City. Shortly after the accident, a handful of his friends decided that a perfect tribute to Cory would be to continue his charity poker events.

"The spirit of the Cory Lidle Memorial Poker Tournament is a chance for Cory's family, friends, colleagues, fans and acquaintances to continue Cory's important mission of charitable giving to the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said tournament director, Lou Birdt.

Tournament planners are encouraging members of the public to join Cory's friends, including sports athletes and poker professionals, to celebrate Cory's legacy of love, giving and friendship and support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The inaugural event culminated in bringing together nearly 280 people and raising $60,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. As for this year's event, the foundation hopes to raise over $100,000 and has added another reason for people to attend and support the event. As additional incentive to players, the foundation has secured a seat in the 2009 World Series of Poker's Main Event for the winner of this year's Cory Lidle Memorial Poker Tournament. The prize has been generously sponsored by Major League Baseball player, Randy Wolf and his agent, Arn Tellem.

"This is a way for all of us to come together in an atmosphere of celebration to remember and honor our dear friend Cory and share the wonderful me memories we hold," said Birdt.

"It is an honor for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be considered Cory's favorite charity," said Kelli Seely, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. "The Greater Los Angeles chapter was proud to be included in this fundraising tribute to a man who achieved as a superior athlete and a philanthropic contributor.

For more information on sign-ups or sponsorships available, visit http://www.corylidle.org or e-mail corylidlepoker@yahoo.com.

2nd Annual Cory Lidle
Memorial Poker Tournament
December 14, 2008

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Hollywood Park Casino
3883 W. Centry Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90303

11:00am - Registration & check-in
11:30am - Lunch buffet opens*
1:00pm - Tournament begins

* Lunch included for ALL buy-ins & Paid Guests

Win a FREE seat in the WSOP Main Event!




Celebrities Scheduled to Attend: Page Updated:
Randy Wolf (Host) – He is a left-handed pitcher who made his debut into Major League Baseball in 1999 with the Phillies. He has since played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Houston Astros.
Bryan Corey – He is a Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who made his Major League Baseball debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being selected in the 63rd round of the expansion draft. He has since played for the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres.
Jose Canseco – He started playing in the major leagues in 1985 with the Oakland Athletics and was named the league’s rookie of the year by several publications. In 1988, he became the first player to hit 40 or more home runs and steal 40 or more bases in the same season and won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award. He recently has authored a book called: JUICED: WILD TIMES, RAMPANT ‘ROIDS, SMASH HITS, and HOW BASEBALL GOT BIG.
Michael Lieberthal - He is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He batted and threw right-handed. In a 14-year career, he played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He compiled a career batting average of .274 with 150 home runs and 610 runs batted in. He had a .310 batting average, a .381 on base percentage, and .510 slugging percentage lifetime against lefties.
Derrel Thomas – He was drafted by Houston Astros in 1st round (1st overall) of 1969 amateur entry draft and made his debut into major league baseball in 1971. He had also played for the Padres, Dodgers, Expos, Angels, and the Phillies up until his final game in MLB in 1985 after 16 years.
Roger Cross - For three seasons he starred as Agent “Curtis Manning” in the FOX hit television series 24. He's recently been guest-starring in the TV series THE GUARD and THE L WORD.
Ken Davitian – He is best known for his role as Borat's producer (Azamat Bagatov) in the comedy film BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN, in which he speaks Armenian throughout the film
Greg Kriesel – He is the Bass player in the internationally acclaimed rock band Offspring that has sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Their current single has been #1 on the modern rock chart for the last 11 weeks.
Reba Toney – She is the morning show host for 95.9 The Fish. Her book “the Rating Game” will be in stores in the summer of 09.

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