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JenChicago, NBC Chicago Street Team

It was a HUGE success! Arthur Murray’s Fourth Annual “Dancing with Chicago Celebrities” raised $67,000 for the Chicagoland Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®,and what a fun way to do it! All of the toe-tapping fun went down on Friday, March 13, 2009, when Chicago celebrities paired with Arthur Murray professional dance instructors at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The winning team included Dana Kozlov, Assignment Reporter from CBS 2, and her Arthur Murray partner Edgar Chavarria. The MVP went to Robbie Ventura, who along with his team raised the most – $4,680. Other celebrities competing included Pat Cassidy, Radio Personality on WLS 890 AM, Lourdes Duarte, Assignment Reporter for WGN 9, Daryl Hawks, Sports Anchor and Reporter for NBC 5, Evelyn Holmes, Assignment Reporter for ABC 7, and Katie Lorenz, Miss Illinois 2008. The night’s emcee was NBC 5 Sports Anchor, Mike Adamle. WGN Anchor Dina Bair, NBC 5’s Meteorologist, Ginger Zee and ABC7’s Traffic Reporter Roz Varon also returned as alumni.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank

If you’ve watched ESPN at all in recent years, you’ve certainly noticed the proliferation of poker programming. Poker’s popularity is tremendous and on Thu night, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Chicago Sun-Times columnist/film critic Richard Roeper and former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich came together to host “Aces UP!” celebrity poker tournament to support Urban Prep Academy, the only all-boys public charter high school in the state. Players came to Fulton’s on the River on Sept 18th to take on the stars of Chicago’s media, entertainment, civic and sports scene in Texas Hold ‘em; for a prize pool of more that $15,000. In addition to the three hosts, celebrity participants included former Chicago Bear Jerry Azumah, “Dodgeball” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Actor Chris Willliams, Chicago Tribune sports columnist Teddy Greenstein and NBC5’s own Natalie Martinez. The event was organized by Urban Prep founder Tim King. “Ninety percent of the students come from low-income families and while it is a tuition- free school, the programs we have at the school necessitate raising funds to support our projects,” King said. The proceeds raised by this event (more than $100,000) will help provide a college preparatory education for the school’s students. “We’ve got some real problems here in Illinois in the way we fund our education, so for someone to come out and start their own charter school and do such a phenomenal job with it is something I’m really excited to be a part of,” said treasurer Giannoulias, who King introduced to the room as “the next Governor of Illinois.”

When the six-hour and 200+ player tournament was over, the final three champions: Matthew Golden, Spilios Venetsanopoulus, and Dan Rosenbloom decided to split the $15,000 pie. “We want people to come here and have a great time, great food, great drink, but also play some pretty serious poker and we had some real good competition last year,” Richard Roeper told me during an exclusive chat before the tournament. Although the stakes will be somewhat high, the competition here was nowhere near as cutthroat as what’s on ESPN2. “When you’re playing a charity event, as opposed to what’s on television, the idea is just to have a lot of fun,” said former Notre Dame star Chris Zorich.

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