Play Poker, Do a Good Deed – Poker Tourney Raises Funds for South Pas Middle School

Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (D.U.D.E.S.) and the SPMS Booster Club will be co-hosting their 4th Annual Main Event Poker Tournament on March 17, 2018. The tournament is a fundraiser to support after-school athletics and educational enrichment at South Pasadena Middle School. 

 The event takes place at the War Memorial Building at 435 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadenafrom 6:30 pm to Midnight. To insure a spot, advance registration is recommended at   

A few years ago, while watching their daughters play soccer, Bill Buckley, a Booster dad, and fellow D.U.D.E.S. member Martin Albornoz decided they wanted to help replace lost SPMS Booster fundraising revenue. “Because of the drought, South Pas Middle School was losing out on the funds their Car Washes used to raise for after-school athletics,” says Albornoz, whose daughter attends the middle school. “We figured between the D.U.D.E.S. and the Booster Club, we could pull off a successful poker tournament to replace that revenue. We never imagined it would be such a hit with the community.” That brainstorming session spawned the Main Event Poker Tournament, which debuted in 2015.

The Main Event Poker Tournament is run like a professional tournament with 10 dealers, increasing blinds and a trophy for the winner. All-you-can-eat food, wine and beer are included–along with $2,000 in chips–for a $100 donation. Players can re-buy and add on chips for the first hour of play. Fans, friends and family who don’t want to play in the tournament but want to support SPMS can buy a Food and Drink ticket for only $25 and enjoy as spectators. Two Black Jack tables with prizes are also available for those not playing in the tournament.

Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (D.U.D.E.S.) is a charitable organization that harnesses the energies of South Pasadena families in order to develop camaraderie and service for South Pasadena schools. For more information about the Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (D.U.D.E.S.), visit or call (626) 487-7092.

The South Pasadena Middle School Athletic Booster Club is an organization of parents, neighbors, friends, and fans whose goal is to support and enhance the after-school athletic programs at SPMS. For more information please visit