Benefiting The Henry House
and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Hosted by Lance Federick & J.J. Henry
A great Texas Hold’em Tournament to raise funds for The Henry House and our friends at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
What a wonderful day we had at the first annual Showdown on Saturday April 20! Thanks to our major sponsors and so many willing participants, the tournament was a hit. Fort Worth, TX Magazine broadcast the event in the months leading up, lending a fantastic turnout of support. Guests were welcomed to Firestone & Robertson Distillery on a beautiful Saturday morning to a Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by our great friend Chef Jon Bonnell. With a coffee bar by Avoca Coffee, opportunities to get your boots shined or watch sporting events on the big screen with GoVision, there was quite a buzz circulating! All 110 players took their seats at 11 a.m. sharp and were welcomed by co-hosts JJ Henry and Lance Federick (CFF Board Member), who then introduced Mayor Betsy Price who officially kicked off the tournament with “cards in the air!”
All day the player field grew smaller but the excitement only increased. A dozen auction items stood by for participants, as well as raffles, a Royal Flush competition to win a new Mercedes CLS provided by Park Place Mercedes, a dessert vault with poker themed treats donated by Red Jett Sweets. Players and friends heard great acoustic entertainment but the highlight of the day was hearing from our dear friend Paige from the CFF Board who is a CF patient and truly put the purpose of the day in perspective. Great events are fun, but we were aiming for FUNDS raised!
As spouses and non-playing arrived later in the day for a Waters Coastal Cuisine dinner by Chef Bonnell, the final tables drew crowds! Congratulations to our winner Robert Higgins and all of the top-20 finishers. We are excited to announce that in addition to the fun that was had by all, the Henry House raised over $40,000 for the two Foundations!
The Henry House is able to continue our mission of raising funds and awareness for deserving community-based groups like CFF because of the generosity of so many people. We are so very grateful.
We have the following people the thank for making this possible:
- Barlow Garsek & Simon LLC / SWAG Sponsor
- Fidelity National Title on 8th and Anderson Riddle and Kuehler / LOUNGE Sponsor
Media Sponsor: Fort Worth, TX Magazine
Valet Provided By: Rent-A-Frog Valet
Royal Flush Sponsor: Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth
- Blue Alpha Energy
- Brookson Builders
- Chimy’s Cerveceria
- Fun-N-Sun Boats
- The Jeff Conatser Foundation
- Mutual of Omaha Bank
- Period Homes
- Donnia and Jeff Olesko
- Rhodes Securities, Inc.
- Deb and Brian Sneed
- Ross & Matthews LLC
- Texas Motor Ford