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Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity

National Football League veteran and Super Bowl champion Seth Joyner is hosting The Fort McDowell Casino’s Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and the Fort McDowell Casino, north of Fountain Hills.
The free public event benefits the non-profit organization, The Joyner-Walker Foundation Incorporated, which is dedicated to helping students advance through life skill programs that teach financial literacy and knowing how to dress for success.  Par & Poker will feature an 18-hole golf tournament where fans have the opportunity to watch celebrities in a relaxed, interactive environment not often seen at other tournaments.  Professional and Hall of Fame athletes and entertainment stars will compete for prizes, cash awards and bragging rights as they play at the championship course with pro tour-like conditions.  After golf, the event switches to the casino for a “No Limit Texas Hold’em” Poker tournament, destined to be the largest celebrity event of its kind in Arizona history.
“This is going to be an event with over 40 ‘Class-A’ athletes and entertainers,” says Andy Walker, professional golfer and executive director for The Joyner-Walker Foundation.
Confirmed celebrity participants include Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Cy Young Award winners Bret Saberhagen and Brandon Webb, as well as other major leaguers including Vince Coleman, Chili Davis and Jon Garland.  Pro football players include Roy Green and Rob Moore, as well as Hall of Fame inductees Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson and Lawrence Taylor.  Former professional basketball greats, including Hall of Famers Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, will join Len “Truck” Robinson and other hard court stars.
Visit the registration page on www.parandpoker.com to play alongside celebrities in the golf or poker tournament.
Seth Joyner played college football at UTEP until the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in 1986.  Joyner played for the Eagles (1986-1993), Arizona Cardinals (1994-1996), Green Bay Packers (1997) and the Denver Broncos (1998). Joyner’s unique combination of strength and quickness allowed him to excel in all defensive statistical categories and propelled him to three Pro Bowl accolades (1991, 1993 and 1994).  He was the 1991 Sports Illustrated NFL Player of the Year and won Super Bowl XXXIII with the Broncos in 1999, his last game.
For more information about The Fort McDowell Casino’s Par & Poker Celebrity Challenge for Charity, go to www.parandpoker.com or call 602-361-0531.