Professional Athletes Help Raise Over $50,000 For Local Students

Monday, July 30, 2018

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) on July 22 teamed up with the Angels Baseball Foundation to host the 6th Annual Aces & Athletes Poker Tournament and charity casino night at the Exclusive Don Julio Club at Angel Stadium. During a memorable evening of poker, dinner and cocktails that featured current and former professional athletes, the foundations raised over $50,000 to help fund scholarships and crucial programs for students in need.

“It’s incredibly humbling each year to see heavy hitters from the world of sports and philanthropy come together in support of educational enrichment,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO, IPSF. “The biggest winners of the evening, however, are the students. The funds raised from this event will provide scholarships for low-income students.”

This year’s athlete lineup included Justin Anderson, current Los Angeles Angels Pitcher; Dain Blanton, AVP Pro Volleyball, and former USA Olympic Gold Medal Beach Volleyball player; Rod Carew, Hall of Famer, All-star, and Major League Baseball MVP; Chuck Finley, All-Star, Angels Hall of Famer; Bobby Gritch, All-Star, Angels Hall of Famer; Jason Lezak, former USA Olympic Gold Medal swimmer; Deck McGuire, current Los Angeles Angels Pitcher; Olden Polynice, Los Angeles Clippers alumni; Matt Shoemaker, current Los Angeles Angels Pitcher.

The event was presented by sponsors Dr. James P. Lin and Mrs. Grace Lin, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Sherri Mirejovsky, in addition to more than twenty companies and community organizations who sponsored the tournament. IPSF welcomed an extended list of returning and new sponsors, including Angels Baseball Foundation, Reproductive Fertility Center, Konica Minolta, Rutan & Tucker, LLP, PARCON Media, Fox Group, COX Business, Manhattan Stitching, Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Kendra Scott, Mesa, South Coast Plaza, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Haute Productions, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Texas de Brazil, Bianchi Paso Robles, Westcomb, and LA Galaxy.

Thanks to their generous involvement, IPSF can increase its commitment to providing scholarships for low-income students to participate in afterschool and summer programs.

For more information about IPSF, visit

About Irvine Public Schools Foundation

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of enriching the educational experience of each child in every school. Founded in 1996 by concerned parents and community leaders, IPSF sponsors enrichment programs and provides financial support to ensure educational excellence in Irvine schools. In addition, IPSF excels at uniting local corporate and community partners, parents and residents in raising funds to nurture student potential. Each year, IPSF provides millions of dollars in funding to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, small-group learning, afterschool and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for mental health initiatives, athletic trainers and school nurses. For more information about IPSF, visit


Photo 1 Caption: Steph Sun, co-owner of the AVP professional beach volleyball league, Dain Blanton Olympic gold medalist, Neda Eaton, President & CEO Irvine Public Schools Foundation, and Donald Sun, CEO of the AVP professional beach volleyball league.

Photo 2 Caption: Neda Eaton, President and CEO of Irvine Public Schools Foundation; Dennis Kuhl, Chairman of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Grace Lin of Dr. James P. Lin Reproductive Fertility Center, and IPSF Board of Trustee, and Poker Tournament presenting sponsor.

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