LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For 44 years stars from TV, Film, Music and Sports joined together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve Los Angeles. On November 19, 2016 they come together again along with LAPD officers and community members to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.
Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $16 million without any direct taxpayer money. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win a 2-seater ride with the legendary IndyCar champion Mario Andretti at the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beachwith tickets, pit passes and stay at Renaissance Long Beach, spend the day with MMA fighter Tito Ortizin training & tickets to BellatorMMA Ortiz vs. Sonnen Fight at the Forum, a stay at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, tour of Jay Leno's private auto/motorcycle collection, LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers etc. Guests expected to attend: Hosted by DonCheadle,Christopher Meloni, Danny Masterson, Luke Wilson, Jerry West, Peter Facinelli, Tito Ortiz, Jerry Cantrell, Billy Burke, Andre Reed, Gilles Marini, Camryn Manheim, Lou Diamond Phillips, AJ Buckley, Christopher Judge, Keearan Geovanni, Keesha Sharp, Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, Jason Collins, Jayde Nicole, Michael Paul Chan, Shanna Moakler, Tia Carrera, Tony Denison, Vanessa Marcilwith many surprise guests. The world's largest online poker company, PokerStars continues to show care for charitable causes worldwide and has supported LAPMF since 2013. "We are thankful PokerStars Helping Hands has joined us again this year. Without their support, we may not be able to hold this event that is right now the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families in their time of need," said Al Atkins, Executive Director. PokerStars Helping Hands is the main sponsor and additionally donated the Grand Prize for the Celebrity Poker Tournament. The winner will head to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in January 2017 for a chance to win huge cash prizes. This is one of the most prestigious poker events across the globe (formerly known as PokerStars Caribbean Adventure). "We're proud to continue our long-standing support for the LA Police Memorial Foundation and the generous and kind support they provide police officers and their families, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of their community," said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and Amaya. Additional donors include: Tito's Handmade Vodka, Original Tommy's, Park Regency Realty, Milken Family Foundation, Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee LLP, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Caliber Photoworks, Hits 101, LA Rams, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, LA Kings, GBK Productions. Past celebrities supporters include:Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Elton John, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vin Scully, Dennis Quaid, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O'Donnell, George Lopez, Tommy Lasorda, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Andy Garcia, Gene Simmons, Marlon Wayans, David Hasselhoff, Backstreet Boys, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., James Gandolfini and more. Tickets: LAPMFPokerParty.Eventbrite.com Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation: www.LAPMF.org / 213.847.4239 Press, Talent, Sponsors: LAPDMemorialFoundation@yahoo.com Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161114/439270-INFO