La Jolla Town Council introduces charity poker night

By Valerie Strocco

La Jolla Town Council

Thank you to all the participants that were instrumental in making our “Day at the Races” event successful. Lore Berenda, event coordinator for Barfly, went above and beyond by arranging a fabulous pre-party get together with amazing food prepared by their master chef Sean Sommer. Bridget’s Blooms created beautiful flower arrangements for each table.

The raffle was a huge success thanks to donations from Best Western Inn by the Sea, Pharmaca, Brick and Bell, Haynes Antique Chauffeuring, AAA Pet Pros, Fingertips of La Jolla and Judy Judy Judy. The assistance from the local businesses helps the Town Council support the community and is greatly appreciated.

Our next event is a Charity Poker Night at Hennessey’s on Oct. 4. It begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour that includes free beginner’s lessons on No Limit Texas Hold-em and lasts until 10 as we enjoy each other’s company and take part in some friendly competition. Prizes will be awarded for first through fourth place with gift certificates from the local businesses.

We will be taking advantage of the outdoor patio where there will be a cigar girl from Bob’s Casa de Habano Cigars for those who wish to partake. The proceeds will be split between the LJTC and a different charity each month (chosen by the winner of the previous month).

“Voices for Children” (

), the first charity benefiting from this event, holds a special place in the heart of our second vice president and organizer of this event, John Weinstein. He dedicates his free time to this organization, which provides support and advocates for foster kids that were removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

Everyone, including non-players, is welcome to join in the festivities of the night. We are looking for donations or loans of poker tabletops, chips and cards as well as people to act as dealers and event helpers, let us know.

For more information contact John Weinstein at (858) 456-4995 or