photos by ROBIN DUSHKIN

Cards for a Cause

La Costa 35 Athletic Club recently hosted its 8th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Over the years, the event has raised over $300,000 to help provide local children a safe place to play and learn. “Padres Pitcher Heath Bell was our special guest host this year, and he added a new dimension to the event,” said Tournament Director Rob Holzman. “There were 22 poker tables, over 200 players, and an all-time record of $60,000 in net proceeds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad!” This year’s winner was Kirk Miller, who selected a one-week trip to Maui as his prize. Title sponsors were Accordance Search Group and Christian Credit Counselors, and many other local businesses and organizations generously took part. Learn more at www.bgccarlsbad.org.