Youth connections are in the cards

The Third Annual John Aaroe Group Pasadena Charity Poker Tournament, A Full House of Kings and Queens, raised more than $20,000 for the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL). Since 1997, PAL, a youth intervention program, has used educational, athletic and other recreational activities to develop and maintain a bond between police officers and community youth.

The tournament was founded and hosted by Aaroe Pasadena agents Marcie Sabatella and Jordan A. Nedeff. This year's benefactor was introduced by JAG Asst. Manager Gary Mazziotti who assisted with charing the event.

PPD Lt. Tracey Ibarra kicked off the event in full dress blues. New neighbors and out of this world farm-to-table food wizards True Food Kitchen dished up herb hummus, kale guacamole and smoked turkey wraps. Pasadena’s B & O Sound Play sponsored the music, mixing great hits from the 70's and 80's. Other co-sponsors included Cruz Control Termite, First American Home Warranty,  JCP LGS Disclosures, Madison Lending, and Outlook Newspapers. The night’s pro casino dealers were witty and patient, helping teach at the table and keeping the games on time and fun.

Attendance was up more than half over last year, and had to be housed under a circus tent accented by classic cars from local collectors. After the final dramatic showdown, the first place winner donated his entire prize to the charity. The second place winner, a ticket broker, donated an entire section of Lakers tickets to PAL kids.

“The success of this year's tournament shows the local commitment not only of John Aaroe group, but its partners, sponsors, clients, and friends,” said Nedeff. “We expect next year to be even better. Our thanks go to all who had a "hand" in it, and hope to see you all next year!”

John Aaroe has established and been closely involved with charitable foundations since his days with Aaroe Associates in the mid ‘90s. Since 1996, these giving efforts have invested over $2.6 million in the communities where his agents live and work.

The desire to give back is part of the John Aaroe Group’s DNA, and its 501(c)(3) Foundation is the heart and soul of the company. Because everyone in the Aaroe family shares this passion, a portion of the commission earned on every deal made by every agent goes to the Foundation. It concentrates solely on local causes where we feel we can make a real impact, focused on four areas: community, education, the environment and health care. As these contributions enhance the wellbeing of our communities, they also enrich our own lives.

If you’d like to nominate a charity for funding, please contact your local John Aaroe Group agent.

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