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Charity poker tourney benefits special needs children

 
 
From left: Jared Heller, Jay Morrison, Brian Morrison, who run the annual charity poker tournament for the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH), an organization that helps disabled kids repair and update their wheelchairs.
From left: Jared Heller, Jay Morrison, Brian Morrison, who run the annual charity poker tournament for the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH), an organization that helps disabled kids repair and update their wheelchairs.

If you go

What: Texas Hold’Em tournament, a charity tournament to benefit children in wheelchairs

When: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Temple Bet Shira, 7500 SW 120 St., Pinecrest.

Cost: The minimum entry fee is $20. For more information, e-mail pokertournament4charity@gmail.com or call 305-613-2069.


Brian and Jay Morrison watched as their friend, Michael Grey, spent nearly a year in a wheelchair, struggling to get around following reconstructive foot surgery.

All three boys gained a better understanding of the daily challenges of disabled life, which is why they made it their mission to host an annual charity poker tournament for the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH), an organization that helps kids repair and update their wheelchairs.

Grey began the tournament in 2004 as part of his Bar Mitzvah project. The Morrison brothers of Pinecrest got involved, and took it over in 2010 when Grey went off to the University of Florida.

On Sunday, Brian, 15, and Jay, 13, will host the 10th edition of the event at Temple Bet Shira, 7500 SW 120th St., along with a third partner, Jared Heller, who got involved two years ago.

The Texas Hold’Em tournament has grown to 100 participants, and has raised $20,000 over the years.

“It’s always great to see how our actions have greatly improved the lives of others,’’ said Jay Morrison, who attends Rivera Prep.

“Knowing that the funds we raise help kids in need makes it even more meaningful,’’ said Brian Morrison, a freshman at Palmetto High School.

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