An area group makes use of poker to lift cash for veterans

FORT MYERS, Florida – The sound of poker chips clicking and cards shuffling filled the private room at CB2 in Fort Myers, but it wasn’t your average poker tournament. This poker tournament was about raising money for veterans.

“If they are giving their lives for the United States, let us give them something for their service,” said Denise Wood, event planner for Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation-Florida.

Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation-Florida has partnered with House of Cards and Games to host a poker tournament.

The organization provides benefits, educational and career advice to veterans.

“You help them with whatever is due to them from the government, then we try to fill in the gaps with other organizations,” said Wood.

IAVF President Taz Gehling hoped that the event would make IAVF known. He wants other veterans to know they have help.

“The other part is letting the people in the churches know we are here. This is us. That’s what we do, “he said.

Steven Martin, co-owner of HOCG, knew the importance of giving back. He oversees numerous charity events.

“If we can help and do our part and give a little back to the community, why not,” said Martin.

To support IAVF’s mission, click here.