Play Poker for your Child's Future

The Pasadena Educational Network is holding a poker tournament on November 9 to raise money for PUSD schools.

Want a way to spend a Friday night playing poker and still be able to say you are helping out local kids?

There's a way to do it - the Pasadena Educational Network, which helps fund programs at Pasadena Unified School District schools, is signing up participants for a November 9 Texas Hold-em poker tournament.

The evening will include:


  • Opportunity to meet lots of PUSD parents and friends
  • Beer, wine, soda, water, snacks
  • Door prizes and raffles
  • Prizes for the top finishers
  • Food is available for purchase
  • Re-buy during the first hour

Anyone who wants to participate can purchase an entry or grab some friends and buy a table at the discounted price.

Linda R September 30, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Too bad the PEN couldn't think of a more positive way to raise money than through a pseudo-gambling manner. Sends a confusing message to kids.
D Shelley September 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Yeah, Linda R, I agree. Kind of strange. Sierra Madre has a great dinner/dance/auction that raises quite a bit of money for their schools. Seems like PEN could do something similar without resorting to the poker thing. I would think if a school had come up with the idea to do this, the district would veto it.
Laura Monteros September 30, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I don't think PEN funds programs in schools. They provide people with information about public schools, lead tours, and such. The funds probably go to administration and honoraria, not programs. But that's fine, PEN has helped bring folks into the public schools that might not be there otherwise. I do agree that gambling does not send the best message, even though it is (as Linda said) "pseudo-gambling". Having been involved in many fundraisers for schools and churches, I know there are many other ways.
Altamom September 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM
What a terrible messsage this sends to our children.
Nico September 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Ha-ha..next all we need is a hot-dog eating competition. Nothing like a sportsperson as a role model.
Lisa Maiorana September 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Is this a bad joke? A really, really bad joke?
Jonathan Bernstein September 30, 2012 at 11:35 PM
If you're going to do something impressive for the school system and kids, you might want to start by spell-checking your web copy (e.g., particpate).
lisa October 01, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Kids are not gambling and are not invited. Its simply a way to raise money and let parents have some fun. If you are against gambling then just donate money or participate in the many other school fundraisers that are out there. I know that many parents would rather have a fun night out than buy more useless Christmas wrapping paper.
Mike Roberts October 01, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Puhleeze people. Get over your pious selves. It's a fundraiser, not an event that serves as a gateway to gambling for children. Too funny. Parents will probably tell their kids they're going "out" for the evening or to a fundraising event for the school vs. "gambling".
C.O. October 01, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Hmm. Wonder how many folks will be thinking they are supporting Pasadena Education Foundation (PEF) when they are actually donating to Pasadena Education Network (PEN)?
Corey Hegger October 01, 2012 at 03:26 AM
PEN is a great organization that has done a lot to support parents in PUSD. It's a shame people are leaving such strange comments.
pusddad October 01, 2012 at 04:57 AM
poker? schools? next thing you know catholic schools will start to raise money running bingo games and pta's will have casino nights! they may even serve alcohol!
Laura Monteros October 01, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I think the article leaves that impression with its reference to funding programs, which PEF does do.
Laura Monteros October 01, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Just two observations, Mike. 1. There are other ways to have a night out and raise money. The JMHS Music Boosters used to put on a Dinner & Dance night, with music provided by the jazz band. There was also a silent auction with it. Other schools have done similar things. 2. Appearances can be very important. PEN is not PUSD, but it represents PUSD. Some readers may recall the kerfuffle of a few years ago when PUSD board members drank alcohol at a board retreat. Not something most taxpayers want to cover, and even though I believe the liquor money was reimbursed to the district, it left a bad impression on many folks.
navigio October 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Unbelievable comments. I wish people were as concerned about the message that voting down measure CC sent to the kids as they were about the message that a fundraising event (likely to be held on a private school campus again, oh irony of ironies) that they wont even be attending might. How about the message sent by family after family going out spending a hundred or two hundred dollars a week on restaurants (with alcohol--the horror!) but cant muster up $120 in a whole year to help provide public school kids with librarians, or computer labs, science teachers or reasonable class sizes. How about the message that is sent when our governor threatens to cut billions from public education halfway through the year unless you vote for his tax increase? Or even worse, the message that will be sent when it fails because voters dont think public school kids are worth it? Public school kids are a lot smarter than you think. They know exactly the message being sent by dilapidated schools, lack of sufficient resources, large class sizes, racially or income segregated environments or having to fundraise themselves just so they can have a computer teacher or an art class. I've seriously considered standing on the free offramp to raise money for public schools. Wonder what kind of message that would send. How about the adults in this society actually acting like adults for a change. That might be a good message for kids, to the extent that is really what people care about..
navigio October 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The article says 'Pasadena Educational Network'. PEN is Pasadena Education Network PEF is Pasadena Educational Foundation got editors? ;-)


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