photo by Louise Donahue

Cards For a Cause

Local nonprofit La Costa 35 Athletic Club (LC35AC) recently hosted its Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. The tournament has been held every year since 2011. Since then, it has nearly tripled in attendance and raised over $250,000. This year’s event was held at the Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club, and included gourmet catering from Major Events & Catering, a generous donation by HRE Performance Wheels for a full set of custom wheels which was auctioned off to the highest bidder, and large screen TVs broadcasting the blinds, courtesy of Home AV-TV and Digitainment. With play going on well into the night, Mark Thoeny was awarded the Winners Bracelet and a one-week vacation stay in Maui. “The move to Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club added to the atmosphere and made the event even more unique and fun,” said Tournament Director Rob Holzman. “There were 22 poker tables, over 200 players, and net proceeds of $53,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad!”

Title Sponsor for the fifth year was Christian Credit Counselors. Gold Sponsors included Cox Business, Crestview Capital Advisors, the Manhole Poker League, Morrison Insurance, Search Quarry, and Whiting-Turner. For more information visit or