THE 2017 EVENT WRAP UP
The 9th Annual BUTCH SMITH POKER CLASSIC was
a success on a level we have NEVER IMAGINED. We
had the second highest attendance (347 players) in
our history and the second highest take for our
So HOW is "second" a
HUGE SUCCESS? It is because of our mission
from day one: Raising Awareness and Support for
Firefighters with Cancer.
Gathered in respect of Captain
Butch Smith, and in honor of his family there in
attendance, was a State Representative, a County
Commissioner, State Fire Marshall, Fire Chief's
from several departments, Local 2928 and I.A.F.F.
Leaders, representatives from Sylvester
Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of
Miami, all assembled for one purpose. To recognize
Butch's fight, commitment and determination to
create better firefighter cancer awareness and
There is simply no way to write a
better progress report on our mission and goals
than what was witnessed last Sunday and what is
being witnessed now statewide. We were honored to
have the dignitaries and listen to them speak and
present the following:
Pat Rooney, former State
Representative opened the ceremony with the Honor
Guard/Pipes and Drums
Julius Halas, The Director of the
Florida Fire Marshall's Office spoke on the
statewide fight to support firefighter with
Jeff Collins, PBCFR Fire
Administrator presented a tribute to Butch to the
University of Miami and mentioned intentions to
start a statewide petition to name the Firefighter
Cancer Presumptive legislation (currently
proposed) in Butch Smith's honor.
Jose Gonzalez, President of Local
2928 presented to Butch's wife, Andrea Smith, the
International Association of Firefighters' Line of
Duty Death Medal.
To have all of this
culminate at the event this year is historic and
helps to further energize positive changes in the
fight against firefighter cancer.
the event specifics... (see Facebook Photo Album HERE)
we more than covered our guaranteed prize pool.
Jerry Yang and Pete
Mcgrane were both "in the money" and sitting
at the Final Table
Bob Womack won the 60/40 Raffle -
that ticket drawn by Jerry Yang.
Brian Moody won the 16th Man
Raffle - a $365 WSOP-Circuit Event entry ticket.
Rich Ellis (not PBCFR Chief
Ellis, different guy) was the WINNER of the 9th
Annual, taking down a field of 347 players.
Our 4 Non-Profit Charities
were the biggest winners - collecting from the
event close to $30,000
dollars and we're not done yet.
we are waiting for final numbers to release
our PER CHARITY take for 2017, needing to
calculate some outstanding expenses and YES
possible contributions yet to arrive.
We have so much and so many to be
thankful for - volunteers, organization, families,
returning poker players, supporters, sponsors,
donor's - there's no way to do this without such
THANK YOU ! The 10th Annual is ALREADY in the
We're still ALL IN for