On June 8, Poker Deluxe will reach a magic milestone of raising more than $500,000 for Australian grass roots sporting clubs from social poker fundraisers. Poker Deluxe founder and Managing Director Paul Walvisch said funds raised for the local clubs had been used to buy new equipment and upgrade aging facilities.
“Our goal is to raise over one million dollars for sporting clubs around Australia by the end of 2014 and we’re proud to reach the halfway point,” Mr Walvisch said.
"Local sporting clubs are already struggling to stay afloat and the odds are against them in many cases. The recent cuts to State Government funding in South Australia, and the potential for other states to follow, means that many sporting clubs will need to rely on member support and fundraising opportunities to survive."
Mr Walvisch said poker had sky rocketed in popularity since Aussie Joe Hachem won the World Series of Poker in 2005 and that many sporting clubs were now using poker as a successful fundraising tool to bring the community together.
"We use a tournament-style format to bring out the competitive instincts, but it is more about enjoying poker in a social environment and raising money for the clubs rather than gambling.”
Operating since 2009, Poker Deluxe has hosted more than 200 fundraiser events for more than 15 different sporting codes. Their unique fundraising model includes $1500 worth of prizes to be won and offers a guaranteed minimum of $1000 raised for each club.
Sporting clubs are always on the lookout for new and interesting fundraising ideas. Poker Deluxe provides a different form of entertainment that involves social participation and also ensures the success of the fundraiser. For more information on Poker Deluxe Fundraisers go to www.pokerdeluxe.com.au