Las Vegas, NV (May 26, 2015) — The 17th-annual Tiger Jam returned to Las Vegas, welcoming celebrities, sponsors, and rock stars for a memorable, star-studded weekend that raised more than $1 million for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. The sold-out event featured a Friday night charity poker tournament, followed up by Ed Sheeran joining host Tiger Woods at MGM Grand where the GRAMMY-nominated singer performed his top hits for a private concert with Tiger Jam guests.
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Kicking off the weekend Friday, May 15, sponsors and guests were treated to a private exhibition from Woods, followed by a round of golf at Shadow Creek.
After checking Shadow Creek off the bucket list, poker great Phil Hellmuth took to the microphone to emcee Tiger’s Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour®, a Texas Hold ‘em charity tournament. The event welcomed professional poker players Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, and WPT® commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who gave the amateurs, including Mark Cuban, a run for their money. The competition at the tables heated up as Tiger Jam guest and amateur competitor Travis Blackwood won the tournament. Tiger’s Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour generated more than $500,000 to go toward the foundation’s college-access programs.
Guests kicked off Saturday evening at an exclusive reception emceed by Chris Harrison, host ofThe Bachelor, at MGM Grand’s grand ballroom, mingling over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and participating in live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. Notable auction items included: A 2016 Acura MDX that sold for more than $50,000 and a Full Swing Golf Simulator that sold for more than $30,000. The silent and live auction items raised more than $575,000.
Following the auction, guests attended a private performance with Ed Sheeran at MGM Grand’s Producer’s Pool. After the main concert event, guests continued to celebrate the evening at Hakkasan for a post-concert party.
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About Tiger Jam and the Tiger Woods Foundation
Since its creation in 1998, Tiger Jam has raised more than $17 million for programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation through its sold-out performances and one-of-a-kind auction items. Where you come from shouldn’t mean failure. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, it doesn’t. Our programs break the cycle of poverty with college-access opportunities for low-income students. At Tiger Woods Learning Center satellites across the country, scholars in grades 5-12 are immersed in an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. Here, they make the connection between school and career, while planning a road map to college. Tailored to the needs of the first-generation scholar, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program provides four-year college scholarships coupled with an unyielding support system. But we don’t stop there. Through dedicated mentors, professional development workshops and internships, our one-to-one philosophy ensures the success of our students in college and beyond. See how our scholars are smashing the cycle of poverty at tigerwoodsfoundation.org and @TWFoundation.
About MGM Grand
MGM Grand is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience. A variety of luxurious suites and standard accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and AAA Five Diamond and Michelin three star restaurant, Joël Robuchon; world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub; a pampering spa and salon; and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot, non-smoking conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).
About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 13th season, which airs on FSN in the United States. Season XIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season 2 of the new WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which is currently in production and which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. For more information, go to WPT.com.
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