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Eaves charity to host fundraising poker night in aid of vulnerable women


Sarah Graham
WVoN co-editor

Women’s charity Eaves is to host their first ever ‘All-In for Eaves’ poker night this October, hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for women who have experienced violence.

The fundraising event, to be held in Distillers bar, central London, on 18 October, will also boast a line-up of comedy entertainment and casino games, as well as a drinks reception and finger buffet.

The Texas Hold’Em poker tournament is open to players of all levels, with a complementary lesson offered to beginners before games get underway.

All proceeds will go to Eaves, but tournament winners can look forward to top prizes, generously donated by supporters.

Fundraising manager Laura Bassett said: “I’m a novice poker player but I’ve been working on my poker face so that I can be convincing.

“What I’m really looking forward to is a night of poker where there will be more than one winner; those that come along to enjoy the game as well as Eaves and the women they support.”

With a generous buy-in of £250 per player, and the chance to bid for luxurious auction prizes, Eaves hopes to raise at least £25,000 to help them support victims of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking.

Non-players can purchase tickets for £100, which includes food, drink and entertainment.

Venetia Barton, head of corporate and event fundraising at Eaves explained the reasons behind a poker evening:

“Eaves wants to get more men involved. Also we like the idea of getting more women into what’s traditionally a man’s game, so we’re hoping lots of women come too.”

She added: “Denise [Marshall, chief executive of Eaves] is a keen poker player so that’s helped on the advice side!”

In April 2011 Eaves suffered a dramatic funding shortfall after the Poppy Project – the branch of Eaves that offers specialist services to victims of trafficking – lost out on a government contract and consequently lost 95% of their funding.

The Poppy Project has since received generous contributions from individual and corporate supporters, including a pledge of £300,000 over three years from Man Group Charitable Trust in July 2011.

For more information about the poker night, or supporting Eaves in other ways, visit Eaves website.

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