For the last 12 years, poker pro and author Bernard Lee has continued his annual holiday tradition of helping the less fortunate.
Lee, a two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner with more than $2 million in career tournament earnings, worked with his initiative The Full House Charity Program to pass out gift packages to 40 different families experiencing homelessness in the Boston area. Lee’s own kids were on hand to help, and in total, there were 65 children who received gifts consisting of books, toys, games, art supplies, and even winter clothing.
“My children and I look forward to this holiday tradition, as it brings so much joy and happiness to my family,” Lee stated. “We feel blessed to provide holiday gifts to these families, especially the children who may not have been able to afford such gifts during this difficult time. Thankfully, we have a wonderful partner in FamilyAid, who helps us deliver these packages to specific families in Boston. Additionally, thank you to my RunGoodGear family, who every holiday season donate toys to my cause. Happy Holidays to everyone.”
Lee launched his Full House Charity Program in February of 2011, and has since provided more than $100,000 worth of goods and funds to children-focused organizations in New England. The program has helped over 450 families and 750 children during its history.
“FamilyAid is thrilled and grateful that Bernard Lee is providing gifts to the children in our shelters again this holiday season. His generous donations come at a time when families are facing more limited financial resources than ever. For many struggling families, providing holiday gifts is daunting, if not impossible,” said FamilyAid President Larry Seamans. “Thanks to Bernard and his family, children in our care will have presents to enjoy and parents will be relieved to see their children’s smiles. We thank the Lee Family for their continuing generosity, compassion, and commitment.”
“It has been amazing to see Bernard year after year provide a special holiday for families,” emphasized Tana Karn, President and Founder of RunGoodGear. “The RunGood team and I are thankful to be able to help Bernard bring about a memorable holiday season for this year and more to come.”
You can find more about Lee at his website BernardLeePoker.com. The Card Player Magazine columnist also has three poker books, including the recently released Poker Satellite Success. Find Lee on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram @BernardLeePoker, and check out his podcast, The Bernard Lee Poker Show.