Middletown, N.J. – The Middletown Lions Club will host a Texas ‘Hold-Em’ Poker Tournament for Charity on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post #2179, Route 36 Eastbound, in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. The event, which supports an array of charitable community initiatives and programs, carries a $5,000 guaranteed prize pool. The entrance fee of $100 provides 2,000 chips, and if players reserve in advance with payment, they will receive 500 additional chips plus the first re-buy for only $50. Players will receive an additional 500 chips if they arrive and sign in prior to 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Unlimited re-buys in the 1st round are $100 for 2,000 chips, and players may purchase a single add-on at the end of the 3rd round for $100, which will provide 2,000 chips. 

Business sponsorship is available for $250. Included in the fee is mention in all pre-event and post-event press releases and social media marketing. Sponsorship also includes a listing on the club website and in the club newsletter, verbal recognition at the event, and listing on signage at the tournament. For sponsorship inquiries, contact LoriAnne@TheWriteAngles.com.

Players can reserve over the phone by calling (908) 337-1184 or (732) 856-1742.  Electronic credit card payment is available on the website of the Middletown Lions Club, www.mlions.org. Players can also print the reservation form from the website and mail it with a check or money order made payable to the Middletown Lions Club, c/o Tony Giordano, 31 Acker Drive, Middletown, N.J., 07748.

The Middletown Lions Club, chartered in 1946 under Lions International, is a volunteer service organization consisting of 65 caring men and women who help the community through various charitable service and fundraising initiatives and programs. The club assists individuals and families in need both locally and globally. Lions International is the largest service organization in the world with over 1.3 million members worldwide in over 200 countries. The Middletown Lions Club supports programs including sight improvement and prevention of blindness, and administers eye, ear, and diabetes health screenings to the community. The club’s all-volunteer, traveling eye screening team - the ‘Knights of Sight’ - provides free vision screenings for elementary school children in local school districts, including Middletown Township, Red Bank, Hazlet, and Matawan. Members also volunteer directly at St. Marks Food Pantry, Keansburg, by purchasing and preparing homemade meals for the hungry. The Middletown Lions Club also underwrites free eye exams, eyeglasses, and hearing aids for those who cannot afford them and donates funds to local charities that advocate for disabled individuals and for families and children with special needs.

The club has instituted a capital campaign – ‘Hear Their Voices’ – which will guarantee the continuation and expansion of all charitable programs, especially the funding of free eyewear and hearing aids. Checks can be sent to the Middletown Lions Club, c/o Lion President Lori Anne Oliwa, P.O. Box 75, Middletown, N.J. 07748, and should contain a designation for the capital campaign in the memo area.

The Middletown Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Fratelli’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Union Square Mall, 500 Route 35 South, Middletown. Membership is by invitation. For more information, contact Lion President Lori Anne Oliwa at LoriAnne@TheWriteAngles.com