Aces UP! 2012 raises $100,000 for Urban Prep Academies



Aces UP! 2012 raises $100,000 for Urban Prep Academies
Aces UP! 2012 raises $100,000
for Urban Prep Academies
Urban Prep’s 6th Annual Aces UP! Charity Poker
Tournament was hosted on Friday, November 30th at
City Winery, one of Chicago’s newest entertainment and
dining venues. Event hosts, Alexi Giannoulias, Richard
Roeper, Tim King and Chris Zorich were back at it again
with a first class event that raised $100,000 in support
of Urban Prep Academies.
Before the cards dropped, guests enjoyed a sumptuous
buffet paired with luscious wines and endless premium
spirits. This year’s lead sponsor, BNY Mellon Wealth
Management added to the awesome prize pool for Aces
UP! by raffling a holiday gift basket full of sophisticated
goodies. Many guests also went “all-in” for an opportunity
to sponsor a coveted red and gold striped tie for an Urban
Prep senior with a special “Tie it UP” re-buy, giving
tournament players additional chips for play.
As the tournament dwindled to five players competing
for a portion of the $10,000 prize pool, it was city of
Chicago Alderman Richard Mell who claimed the grand
prize. Having ousted a table of experienced poker players,
Alderman Mell won the title and bragging rights of being
this year’s tournament champion. Will he remain champ
next year? Make sure you’re there to find out.
Money raised at Aces UP! will go a long way toward helping
Urban Prep’s students achieve their educational goals.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, players, and spectators!
Pictures from Aces UP! 2012 can be viewed at
Aces UP! 2012 continued
Aces UP! 2012 Sponsors
Aces UP! 2012 Celebrity Participants
Lead Corporate Sponsor
Other Sponsors
Susan Carlson, Reporter/Anchor, CBS 2
BNY Mellon Wealth
Ryan Chiaverini, Co-Host, Windy City Live
Pocket Rockets Sponsor
Daniel George, Chicago
East Bank Club
Christina Filiaggi, Radio Personality/WLS-Row Conn Show
Big Slick Sponsors
Flemings Steakhouse and
Wine Bar
The Honorable John Fritchey, Commissioner, Cook County
MB Real Estate
Horseshoe Casino
FSH Communications
ShowPlace ICON Theaters
The Honorable Stephanie Neely, Treasurer, City of Chicago
Jenner & Block
Susanna Negovan, Editor/Splash—Chicago Sun Times
Brown Sugar Bakery
Suited Connectors Sponsors
Associated Bank
CS Insurance Strategies
Roe Conn, Radio Personality/WLS-Roe Conn Show
Alexi Giannoulias, Former Illinois State Treasurer
Amanda Puck, Executive Vice President/XA,
The Experiential Agency
Sweet Mandy B’s
Richard Roeper, Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times and
TV/Radio Personality
Ameet Sachdev, Business Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Chris Zorich, College Football Hall of Famer
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