The Joe Hachem Shooting Star Invitational Poker Challenge raised more than $150,000 for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) after a highly successful debut event at Crown Melbourne yesterday.
The event was taken out by former NRL star Steve Menzies (pictured left with Joe Hachem and Pat Rafter) but there were plenty of winners on the day, including each of the players who claimed the scalp of the ‘Shooting Star’ at their respective tables.
The field included Shane Warne, Firass Dirani, Robert Dipierdomenico, Aaron Hamill and Sam Burgess along with poker pros Tony Hachem and Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros.
Sponsors of the event included Seek, SEL, Save Our Sons, Finch Finance, 1300 Home Loans, Finsure and APT while tickets to the Crown Marquee for Emirates Stakes Day were also provided as prizes.
Hachem, who was thrilled with the outcome of the event said many of the players wanted to know when the next event would be held.
“Aspect is an amazing organisation committed to building confidence and capacity in people with autism disorders like my cousin Dib. It also helps provide information, education and support for the families involved,” he said.
Funds raised from the event will be used to help assist individuals on the autism spectrum to reach their potential and to overcome the isolation of autism.
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