Poker tournament to raise money for children who use wheelchairs

From left to right: Chairs Brian Morrison, Jay Morrison and Michael Grey.

It’s that time of year again! For the past seven years, Pinecrest residents have been raising funds while playing poker, all for a great cause.

Brothers Brian and Jay Morrison are hosting the annual all-ages Texas Hold’em tournament to benefit the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH). Started by Michael Grey in 2004, the Morrison brothers have been running the tournament for the past three years.  To date, the tournament has raised about $20,000, the proceeds helping disabled children repair and update their wheelchairs.

Grey started the tournament as a community service project and chose the charity because, at age 11, he spent a year in a wheelchair after reconstructive foot surgery. When he left for the University of Florida, the Morrisons stepped in and have been organizing the event ever since.

“We love poker and just wanted to help make a difference for less fortunate kids,” said Brian Morrison, who attends George Washington Carver Middle School. “I also hope others will learn from what we are doing and do the same.”

This is a mock poker tournament for all ages, with both children and adults welcome to play.  Last year’s tournament raised almost $5,000, with children as young as six years old playing with their parents and grandparents. In addition to helping a good cause, there are great prizes for the winners and transportation can be provided.

This year’s tournament will be on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Bet Shira, 7500 SW 120 St. For more information, call 305-992-7939 or email <>.

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