Jenkins' event to benefit Moyer's cause
Poker tournament in Arizona to raise funds for lefty's foundation
Before Spring Training gets started and the Phillies begin their journey of attempting to repeat as World Series champions, Jamie Moyer and Geoff Jenkins are going to play a little poker -- for a good cause, of course.
On Wednesday, Jenkins and Moyer will team up to host the second annual "Geoff Jenkins Celebrity Poker Tournament" at the W Scottsdale Hotel in Arizona, with all proceeds benefiting The Moyer Foundation's Camp Erin bereavement camps. More than 45 professional athletes are expected to attend, including Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore, Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez and Dodgers catcher Russell Martin.
The tournament will feature nearly 100 players, with prizes for the winners donated by local individuals and businesses.
"I'm excited to team up with Jamie Moyer and The Moyer Foundation off the field to support Camp Erin," Jenkins, who makes his offseason home in Phoenix, said via a press release. "It's awesome to pull together friends and athletes to help our community and raise money and awareness for grieving kids."
Founded in 2000 by Moyer and his wife, Karen, The Moyer Foundation's mission is to help kids in distress. In 2002, the foundation created Camp Erin, which is now the largest network of bereavement camps in the country, with 28 camps in 18 states. It's a five-year plan to feature the camp in nearly 60 locations, including every Major League city.
Since its inception, The Moyer Foundation has raised more than $16 million to assist more than 170 different programs that directly serve the needs of children in distress.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.