Keep the Change poker tournament benefits the arts in Kingwood
- Written by Andrea Waguespack
Join The Nathaniel Foundation at the “Keep the Change” poker tournament on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. It is free to play and there is a $2,000 bounty is up for grabs. “It’s a fun event that friends and family can attend,” said John Paul Barkley, executive director of The Nathaniel Foundation. Prizes will go to the top 16 places. The first place winner will receive a $2,000 prize package that includes a $500 Visa gift card, a $500 poker watch, a trophy and the chance to win a $1,000 visa gift card in the jackpot drawing. There will be food, a cash bar, custom poker tables, and a big screen TV. There will be one Kingwood Chamber of Commerce celebrity bounty at each table. The “Keep the Change” tournament is the last Friday tournament of the year. Throughout the year, players bring $1 or more to donate to the change barrel and receive 500 free poker chips to kick off the tournament. This Friday, the winner of the tournament will receive the contents of the change barrel, minus a 20 percent donation to the center and 10 percent for the Player of the Year race. The event will be held at the Nathaniel Center at 804 Russell Palmer Road, in Kingwood. Many local businesses are sponsoring the tournament, including Thomas Markle Fine Jewelers, Pei Wei, Gold’s Gym, and Pirates Cove Car Wash. Proceeds from the tournament go towards maintaining The Nathaniel Center, a non-profit organization that offers the free theatre and musical performances to the public throughout the year. The Nathaniel Center boasts a state-of-the-art theatre with acoustics and professional stage lighting. A platform was installed that can lower to transform the area into an orchestra pit, or can be raised to stage level. The center can hold up to 500 people. Centre Stage, Kingwood’s acting troupe, and The Kingwood Pops Orchestra, along with other groups, regularly perform at the Nathaniel Center. The next performance will be Winter Treasures, Opera Leggera’s holiday concert. The ensemble of holiday favorites will include solos by Chris and Sasha Holloway, a children’s performance, and guest soloists. Winter Treasures will be held on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is free. Premiere table seating is available which includes dessert. Single seats can be reserved for $9; a table of eight can be reserved for $65. Donations to The Nathaniel Foundation can also be made online at nhtpoker.com. For more information, call 281-348-7800 or visit www.NHTpoker.com or www.nathanielcenter.com.