Big Business goes All-in for Charity Raising Almost $300K


DELRAY BEACH, FL – Over 120 business leaders and corporate executives from all over South Florida and beyond came together November 29th in the renowned Cathedral Room at the Boca Raton Resort & Club for the premiere of Havana Nights. This high-stakes poker tournament raised nearly $300,000 for the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Sultry Havana nights provided an alluring backdrop for the six-hour, first-time event presented by Kolter Kast Construction. The night of calls, bluffs and flops featured a cocktail reception, a professionally officiated poker tournament and the much enjoyed runway show featuring swimsuits by Bika and lingerie fashions by Lingerini – all in the name of charity. Some lofty players left the game with nothing more than slightly bruised egos but were still in good spirits knowing they truly made a difference in the lives of the 700 low- income children and families. Either by skill or luck, the top ten players made it to the final championship table. Seven of them walked away with a cigar package from Prime Cigar & Wine Bar and a bottle of spirits from Union Restaurant. The top three winners raked in valuable prizes with the first place winner taking home almost $10,000.

Second place winner Michael Del Gigante, President of MDG Advertising and long-time partner of the Achievement Centers, was so moved by the success of the occasion that he graciously donated his prize back to the charity. “The first time I visited the Achievement Centers for Children & Families I was overwhelmed by the children, the programs and the compassion exhibited by the staff,” said Michael Del Gigante, “It was a truly uplifting experience. It’s no surprise that the outpouring of support and funds raised at the Havana Nights Poker event reached this level. I look forward to winning first place next year.” “We were incredibly fortunate to have had so many corporate supporters – not only contributing to the success of the event but also bringing a greater awareness of who we are and what we do,” stated Stephanie Seibel, Executive Director of the Achievement Centers Foundation, “This is the highest revenue-generating fundraiser in our 43-year history. We could not have accomplished such a feat without the dedication and leadership of our co-chairs, Bobby Julien and Christine King, and the driving force of the team at Kolter Kast Construction.” This premiere event was made possible with the commitment of more than 30 companies in South Florida that went all-in, particularly the top sponsors including Kolter Kast Construction, Gunster Law Firm, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Moen, Regions Bank, White & Case, and Hyatt.