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Echoes of Hope 9th Annual Poker & Comedy Night

04 Nov 2019

written by Cindy Matalucci

Echoes Of Hope Recap Video from 9th Annual Comedy & Poker Night

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The Pulse was the exclusive Media Sponsor for the 9th Annual Echoes of Hope Poker & Comedy Night held in Santa Monica at the Museum of Flying.

We bring you inside this amazing event and talk to Pritesh Shah, Comedian and actor who hosted the nights event.

Pritesh Shah

Pritesh had us rolling from the start as he is really hilarious! He is a San Diego Native from 4S Ranch and we just love all his work!

We speak to the nights honoree, Fox 11 News anchor Christine Devine who has been involved with Echoes of Hope for 6 years and also donates her time to helping foster youth in the LA area.

Christine Devine Honoree of the Night from Fox 11 News

Christine and musician Hubby Sean McNabb

We also speak to some of the celebs that attended, like Fred Coury and Amy Motta.

Fred Coury & Wife Amy Motta

The event was fabulous with over 300 attendees and the location is gorgeous and fun! There was even a costume contest this year! They raised over 133,000 for the charity!!! BRAVO!

It was a No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament with prize packages for the Top 10 finishers!

Guests enjoyed:
* Event hosted by comedian, Pritesh Shah
* Food trucks (In-N-Out Burger Truck, Bowled & Beautiful, and King Kone Ice Cream Truck)
* Open bar
* Wine tasting booth
* Silent and live auctions
* Raffle
* Vendors Booths (including Late Sunday Afternoon, Melin Brand, I Am My Story clothing brand, and wine tasting)
* Giveaways throughout the event
* Masseuses visiting each poker table
* DJ/Dancing
* Full game lounge
* Flight simulator
* Swag bag for each poker player
* Opportunity for guests to contribute to our annual holiday drive by bringing a gift for a child in need (price point per gift should be $20+). 5 raffle tickets will be given to guests for each gift.

The King and Queen Stacia And Luc

One of there own, Melody Gutierrez was honored as well!

Melody & Christine on Stage

2019 Celebrity Attendees included:
* Stacia and Luc Robitaille (Co-Founders of Echoes of Hope/NHL Hall of Famer and President of the LA Kings)
* Erik Alvarez (Actor, “Lucifer” & “Star Trek: Picard” & former pro boxer)
* Derek Armstrong (NHL Alumni)
* Tom Bernard (Co-Founder & Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics)
* Kyle Calder (NHL Alumni)
* Rob Cimetta (NHL Alumni, Toronto Maple Leafs & Boston Bruins)
* Sebastian Cole (Actor, “Lucifer” & “Stitchers”)
* Chad Coleman (Actor, “The Wire” & “The Walking Dead”)
* Fred Coury (Drummer, Cinderella)
* Christine Devine (Fox 11 News Anchor, Olympic & Bundy Podcast Host, and our honoree for the evening)
* Billy Flynn (Actor, “Dead On Arrival” & “Days of Our Lives”)
* Lisa Foxx (Air Host, 104.3 MYFM)
* Alexander Frolov (NHL Alumni)
* Capron Funk (one of the members of ‘Funk Bros.’ on YouTube and a professional scooter rider)
* Jessarae (Singer/Songwriter)
* Riker Lynch (Actor, “Glee” & “Colossal Youth”, Bassist and one of the lead vocalists for R5, “Dancing With the Stars” Season 20)
* Rocky Lynch (Lead guitar and vocals for The Driver Era and previously the guitarist for R5)
* Rydel Lynch (Musician, singer and keyboard for R5)
* Ryland Lynch (Actor, “The Fresh Beat” & “Google Maps is Watching You”)
* Lacretia Lyon (Comedian)
* Sean McNabb (Musician–Quiet Riot/Actor)
* Amy Motta (Actress, “Modern Family” & “The Spread”)
* Navid Negahban (Actor, “Aladdin” & “Homeland”)
* Kevin Ryder (Air Host, KROQ’s Kevin from Kevin & Bean)
* Tyson Sullivan (Actor, “Banshee” & “Quarry”)

Cindy With Actor Erik Alvarez

About Echoes:

Founded by Stacia and Luc Robitaille, Echoes of Hope is a nonprofit that strives to awaken the spirit of hope in the lives of children, youth, & young adults in need by alleviating barriers & helping them reach their full potential. Since opening its doors in 2007, Echoes of Hope has helped thousands of at-risk and emancipated foster youth succeed by providing the resources, love, and support they so richly deserve.

Each year, over 4,000 foster youth β€œage out” of the foster care system in California alone. Without the proper tools and resources, these youth can fall victim to homelessness, suicide, drug abuse, prostitution, and other devastating circumstances.

By investing in educational avenues for our nation’s most vulnerable youth, we are able to create professional and personal development pathways that can change the course of their futures. Through our core programs, over 98% of the youth involved have graduated from a 4-year college/university.

In 2018 alone, Echoes of Hope assisted more than 1400 current/former foster, at-risk, and low-income students and families in need throughout the country. We could not provide our services without the generosity of people like you.

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