Celebrating Veterans Day in South Florida

How will you be spending your Veterans Day 2011 weekend? How about ending the week at a dinner honoring our South Florida veterans, followed by a Saturday night full of poker, raffles, and prizes?

If this sounds like a great weekend to you, what’s even better is that both events benefit a great cause!

Care for Disabled Veterans is a non-profit organization based in Ft. Lauderdale that provides free or low cost Independent Medical Exams to veterans seeking disability benefits through the VA.

The charity event kicks off with a veterans appreciation dinner at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 11. The dinner is open to the first 1,000 veterans who may bring up to 2 guests each – but you must register quickly!

To register, send an email to dinner@careforvets.org before 12 p.m. on Friday with the following details:

  • name;
  • mailing address;
  • contact phone number;
  • the branch of military you served in; and
  • number of guests (please indicate if any are under 13 years of age, limit 2 guests per veteran).

If your submission is received before noon you will get a confirmation email with your seat reservation. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the historic Dania Jai-Alai facility in Dania Beach, FL and you will need a photo ID to be admitted to the dinner.

To continue the celebration of Veterans Day in Ft. Lauderdale, Care for Disabled Veterans has also put together a charity poker tournament with a first prize of $10,000 (with a minimum of 200 players)! This event is 5 p.m. Saturday, November 12 and there’s plenty going on besides poker!

Registration for the poker tournament can be done immediately online at the discounted rate of $100 until 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 11. Online registration can be completed using their secure online registration form on the event page. All major credit cards are accepted and you will receive a confirmation email to bring to the event. 

Don’t worry if you didn’t register online! You can still register at the door for $125 between 4 and 5 p.m. the day of the event.

The poker tournament will allow unlimited rebuys through the first 6 levels and bounty spiffs with 32 giveaways. Even if Texas Hold ‘Em isn’t your thing and you’re just there to support your card shark, there’s plenty going on this evening! Aside from the card games, there will also be a silent auction, raffles, and a Spin-A-Wheel prize giveaway!

If you need a break from winning big, there will be a cash bar available, as well as the Dania Jai-Alai on-site restaurant. Please remember that the facility is primarily non-smoking (there are designated smoking areas) and there is free on-site parking as well.

All proceeds from the Veterans Day 2011 Charity Poker Tournament will go to support Care for Disabled Veterans. While there are many Veterans Day events going on across the nation, take some time to come by and support a local effort for Veterans Day in South Florida.