Redsfest XI Raises Over $100K in Poker Charity

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CINCINNATI (Dec.18, 2008) -- Kahn's Redsfest XI raised a record total of more than $100,000 for the Reds Community Fund.

Proceeds from the annual fanfest, held Dec. 12-13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, will help the Reds Community Fund continue its mission to connect kids and baseball.

Since its inception in 2001, the nonprofit Reds Community Fund has used baseball as a vehicle to reach out to kids. Whether it's renovating baseball fields, providing opportunities to kids with disabilities, underwriting expenses for inner-city teams or hosting its "Reds Rookie Success League," the Community Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of youth through baseball.

Also at Redsfest, the Reds Community Fund presented a check for $50,000 to the Cincinnati Public Schools that will help fund 11 inner-city high school varsity baseball programs along with field renovations at two of the schools and a commitment to add six junior high RBI baseball programs.

Reds prospect Todd Frazier emerged from more than 530 poker players to win the third annual Reds Community Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament. Frazier was awarded the $10,000 guaranteed first prize and agreed to donate his winnings to the Reds Community Fund.

Rich Standridge of Riverside, Ohio won the $5,000 second-place prize, and Angie Weiss of Augusta, Kentucky took home $3,500 for finishing third. Another Reds player, pitcher Daniel Ray Herrera, finished 6th in the poker tournament and donated his $2,000 prize to the Reds Community Fund.

In addition to winning the poker tournament, Frazier also won the Redsfest XI Wiffleball Home Run Contest.

Heather Roush of Delhi Township, Ohio and Brandon Weiss of Vandalia, Ohio tied for first place in the Reds Idol karaoke contest.

"3 Up 3 Down" won the Redsfest Wiffleball tournament. 
Two-day attendance for Redsfest XI was 17,038.

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