Santa Anita Hosts Annual ‘Folds Of Honor’ Poker Tournament 

May 20, 2024

Monday, May 27 To Support Families Of Fallen Or Disabled Military Vets

Iconic ‘The Shoe Wants You’ T-Shirt Offered For $30 Charitable Donation

Santa Anita Press Box

ARCADIA, Calif.—In an effort to support the families of fallen or disabled American military veterans, Santa Anita Park will play host to a charity poker tournament to benefit the world-renowned “Folds of Honor” Foundation this Memorial Day Monday following the races at 6:30 pm. Folds of Honor helps to bridge a financial gap facing more than one million dependents adversely affected by war.

Players can register starting at 5:00 pm in the players’ lounge next to the Baldwin Terrace, near the top of the stretch on the 3rd floor. The tournament will be staged near the top of the stretch in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace Conference Room on the second floor of the Grandstand. Players will make a three-hundred-dollar charitable donation and be treated to a full night of No-Limit Texas Hold ’Em as well as a day at the races in Santa Anita’s Stretch Run Suites.

Santa Anita’s Folds of Honor tournament this past Memorial Day raised more than $35,000 and track officials are hoping to build on that success.

“We had great participation from horsemen and fans this past Memorial Day and we’re hoping to do even better next Monday,” said Santa Anita Vice President and General Manager Nate Newby. “Memorial Day weekend is a time for reverence for millions of veterans and we’re proud to be able to honor them and their families. This is a tremendous cause and we’re honored to have Folds of Honor back here at Santa Anita.”

Across from the Champions! Gift Shop in the East Paddock Gardens, fans can give a $30 donation to support Folds of Honor and receive an iconic “The Shoe Wants You” T-shirt, the image of which was originally used on a color poster honoring legendary Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker more than 50 years ago.

In addition to the T-shirt, the $30 charitable donation also includes admission, program, General Parking and a Challenge Coin featuring the Folds of Honor Foundation and Santa Anita Park. Those wishing to purchase the Folds of Honor Challenge Coin separately may do so for a modest $10 donation.

“The folded flag is to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” said Folds of Honor Senior VP and former Tehran hostage POW Rocky Sickmann.  “It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support.  Thank you to Santa Anita Park for embracing the call by honoring their sacrifice.”

Folds of Honor Tournament to begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 27

  • Players are encouraged to enter via Gate 8 off of Baldwin Ave., or Gate 3, off of Holly Ave.
  • $300 Donation for Buy-In Includes: (Player guests can enjoy the event for $50)
  • A day at the races in Santa Anita’s Stretch Run Suites
  • A full night of No-Limit Texas Hold ’Em, including bounty prizes, splash pools and Champion’s Bracelet (for the winner).  Grand prizes to awarded to the top three finishers.
  • Drink Tickets
  • Food Included
  • Silent Auction
  • A Challenge Coin

Silent Auction Items

  • Four Kings Hockey Game Tickets (on the glass)
  • Four Tickets for LA Chargers Football Game at So-Fi Stadium, with Parking
  • A Day at the Races in Doug O’Neill’s Suite (for up to four people)
  • Two-night stay for two at Le Meridien Hotel plus a Four Person Box and a Round of Drinks (must use before Dec. 18, 2024)
  • Framed “Eddie D –6,000 wins” Lithograph signed by Fred Stone and Eddie D
  • Framed “Rivalry in Grey – Silver Charm vs Free House” Lithograph signed by Fred Stone
  • Boxing Gloves signed by Manny Pacquiao
  • A $100 gift card to the Derby Restaurant
  • Visit Frank and watch a race from the Booth

For additional information regarding the Santa Anita Poker Tournament to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation Memorial Day Monday or to register, please visit call the Santa Anita Marketing Department at (626) 574-6384.

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