Torrance Kiwanis Texas Hold ‘em Charity Poker Tournament

These photos were taken Sunday at the Torrance Kiwanis annual Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament; which was held at the Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance, CA. This is one of the Torrance Kiwanis biggest fundraisers of the year, so it was good to see the large turnout. In addition to the poker, there was a silent auction that included such items as tickets to an Angel’s game, bowling, Patron tequila and Dom Perignon champagne. Truly something for everyone.

The Kiwanis are a service club with about 8,000 chapters in 96 countries, with the mission: “To serve children of the world.” The Torrance Kiwanis strive to achieve this goal by providing scholarships to deserving high school students at West, South, North and Torrance high schools as well as volunteering at the Special Olympics and Santa’s Visit at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and numerous other activities.

I donated the watermark to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation because children suffer from Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease as well as adults. Continue reading

Photos of the 21st annual Kiwanis Hot Air BalloonFest

These photos are from the 21st annual Kiwanis Hot Air BalloonFest at the Porter County Fairgrounds in Valparaiso, Indiana. I was here for last year’s event and enjoyed it thoroughly, so I hoped the weather would allow the event to go as planned. It was scheduled to be a two day event, September 9 and 10, however the weather on Friday did not look like it was going to cooperate, so I did not bother going there. Saturday was dry and not much wind, but the visibility was limited so the balloons did not seem to go as far as last year. I know one thing, I really want to go for a hot air balloon ride. I will add it to my bucket list.

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