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The One Step Closer Foundation Presents "Raising the Stakes" For Cerebral Palsy Celebrity Poker Tournament

By Stephan Martin

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One Step Closer Foundation Founder, Jacob Zalewski, presents the summer Raising The Stakes for Cerebral Palsy (CP) Celebrity Poker Tournament on Friday, June 19th at 2 p.m. The fun-filled event will be held on the Mezzanine Level at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and encourages poker enthusiast of all levels to join the action and raise funds and awareness about people with CP and will be co-hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Montel Williams and primetime Emmy Award-nominee actress Cheryl Hines.

Cheryl Hines, Jamie Gold and Jacob Zalewski

The tournament will also feature notable poker stars and celebrities including: Jennifer Tilly (Actress/Poker Pro), Chyna (WWE Diva), Coolio (Recording Artist), Jamie Gold (2006 Main Event winner), Joe Cada (2009 Main Event Winner), Dennis Philips (Poker Pro), Phil Laak (Poker Pro), Noah Schwartz (Poker Pro), Eli Elezra (Poker Pro), Dennis McCoy (X-Games), Lawyer Milloy (NFL Pro Bowler), Adam Archuleta (NFL Strong Safety), Stacy Fuson (Model/Actress), Kara Monaco (“Big Brother” star), Jennifer Walcott Archuleta (Playmate), Alicia Webb (WWE Diva) and Wade Martain (Music Producer).

Raising The Stakes for CP features No Limit Texas Hold-Em Poker with $300 + 30 buy-in with $100 re-buys and add on opportunities. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the final table. Early arrival for registration is recommended and all entry fees must be paid in cash.

For more information and registration visit: The One Step Closer Foundation. Players can also register onsite the day of the tournament.


The One Step Closer Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization whose main goal is to ease—as much as possible—the lives of those with CP. The Raising the Stakes for CP Celebrity Poker Tournament brings together celebrities, poker pros, high rollers and everyday poker enthusiasts together to increase awareness about CP and raise funds to assist people with the disorder and their families. CP is an incurable disorder that affects the body movement, muscle control, coordination and tone. It impacts reflex, posture balance and sometimes fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. Over 700,000 adults and children in the United States currently have CP. Two to three children out of every thousand born will be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.


Born February 13, 1983, three months premature Jacob Zalewski was given a 3% chance of survival due to various complications at birth. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of three, but the onset came at birth. Zalewski has never considered himself handicapped by this debilitating disease. Rather he has considered it a blessing, looking at it as something God has entrusted him to use positively to inspire others.

Published on Jun 08, 2015

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