Katherine Russell was a big winner at the 2018 Poker Night Fundraiser. After taking first place in this annual fundraiser for BORP’s Power Soccer program, Katherine found herself loaded down with prizes, including tickets to the SF Giants and the Curran Theater, as well as several bottles of wine.
“I was amazed at the generosity of the companies that donated the prizes,” says Katherine. “But, like me, they understand what a great organization BORP is and how it really does transform people’s lives.”
Katherine first learned about BORP in 2010 when she was making a documentary about power soccer. That experience turned her into a longtime BORP supporter. “The staff are amazing and BORP is such an incredibly well-run organization,” she says.
Katherine went to her first BORP Poker Slam several years ago. “I was a complete beginner that first year,” she says. “But that didn’t matter. It’s not so much a competition as a really friendly and fun event.”
For newbies, there’s a poker tutorial at the beginning of the evening. Katherine also points out that novices often receive tips from more experienced players during the games. “I’ve seen people who have no idea what they’re doing go on to win big pots,” says Katherine.
In fact, most years, complete beginners walk away with at least one of the prizes—and there are plenty to go around. This year, prizes include a private winery tour and tasting, tickets to the Giants and the A’s, Cal Shakes tickets, and an array of gift certificates. Still, even if you don’t leave with one of the prizes, after such a fun-filled event, everyone walks away a winner.