The Foundation is dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for the prostate cancer community. To find out more, visit www.SapphireProstateFoundation.org or call 702-556-2100.
If you want to donate to a very good cause, play golf and poker and party with the most beautiful entertainers in the world all at the same time, the Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer Poker and Golf Tournament June 7th and 8th is the way for you to do it all. This is the 12th year for this event which has helped raise over a $1.5 million since the inception of the foundation.
Sunday, June 7th the Sapphire Poker Tournament begins at 6pm with cocktail party and “Poker Workshop” in the Sapphire Showroom followed by a fantastic dinner buffet at 7pm featuring the acclaimed GMO free and organic food of El Dorado Mexican Cantina, ranked in the top 40 restaurants in the United States by YELP, and the fireworks start for the annual Sapphire Poker Tournament beginning 8pm. World famous, professional poker player Mike “The Mouth” Matusow will be the “Honorary Host” and will play in the tournament along with hundreds of beautiful Sapphire entertainers for this extremely fun and very competitive event. This year’s event is named the “Fred Schneider Memorial Poker Tournament” in honor of Fred, who was an acclaimed poker player that passed away this year.
Monday, June 8th golf registration for this greatly anticipated annual Sapphire Golf Tournament starts at 10am at Bali Hai Golf Course on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 40 teams will compete in this year’s annual golf event. Complimentary transportation is provided to and from Sapphire. What makes this event so popular is that the teams are accompanied by beautiful Sapphire Caddies. Over 100 Sapphire entertainers will be donating their time (and half their tips) to the tournament. The day begins with a buffet breakfast where you can bid on your favorite Sapphire Gem to be your caddy.
The Bali Hai Golf Club offers an intricate yet beautiful challenge for most players. The par-71 course measures 7,002 yards from the tips and affords spectacular views of the Strip mega-resorts from the fairways. Bali Hai’s unique layout includes teasers like #16, a par-3 island green that frequently comes with an audience from the Cili Restaurant patio and #3, a 468 yard par-4 with a creek running the entire right-side, balanced with a bunker on the left. Play #3 and find out why it’s called “Shipwreck.” Challenging play, breathtaking scenery and first class facilities make Bali Hai a one-of-a-kind golfer’s paradise.
The fantastic barbeque lunch is spaced out over three holes, and with sponsors like Heineken and Petron, you can be sure the libations will be plentiful. This is followed by a dinner and silent auction at Sapphire’s. (Can’t afford to play in the tournament? Attend the dinner for $100 donation.) “Game On”!
Following the Golf Tournament, there will be a cocktail party beginning at 6pm at Sapphire Pool & Day Club followed by the Awards Dinner in the Sapphire Showroom at 7pm. Awards will be presented along with raffles and prizes. These two days are exhausting but loads of fun and it’s all for a good cause.
The Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer is focused on helping men with prostate cancer that need financial assistance for medical expenditures and other financial needs while being treated for prostate cancer. We also hope to motivate men to get tested for the disease as early detection proves to be crucial in the treatment process. The foundation established in 2003 and has generated over $1,500,000 in donations and sponsorships to benefit programs related to the disease, for prostate cancer research and financial assistance for survivors of this disease.
Peter Feinstein, Managing Partner of Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, “The World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club” and The Sapphire Foundation have hosted 10 charity golf and poker tournaments in Las Vegas since the creation of the organization. Due to its tremendous success in Las Vegas, the organization brought the fundraiser to the East Coast to continue to raise funds for prostate cancer victims and awareness to this life-threatening disease.
“As a survivor, I’m extremely grateful for the support and assistance,” said Peter Feinstein, creator of The Sapphire Foundation. “I love working on these charitable events as it allows us to shed light on prostate cancer, while at the same time, raising money to fight it.” states Feinstein.
Sapphire’s Managing Partner, Peter Feinstein says he felt lucky to survive prostate cancer and wanted to give back. The National Prostate Foundation initially rejected funds generated through a Gentlemen’s club….so Peter started his own foundation. “We knew we couldn’t raise enough money for research to solve the problem, so we decided to help men in Las Vegas who needed financial support while fighting prostate cancer. For example, last month we paid a man’s rent for two months.” states Feinstein while the man was undergoing treatment.
In the beginning, when no one wanted his money, Peter Feinstein did not give up on trying to give it away. He is, after all, used to that sort of reaction. Feinstein is part owner of Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, billed as the largest and most creative of its kind anywhere in the world. He said he was simply trying to do some good when he decided to raise money for prostate cancer research.“It just seemed like a worthwhile idea,” he said. Well, it seemed like a good idea until he was told that it was not. He wanted to hold a golf tournament, sponsored by Sapphire, with the proceeds earmarked for a nonprofit foundation geared toward helping people with prostate cancer.
But none of the established charities Feinstein contacted wanted to be involved, he said. “Once it got through to the board of directors at each of these foundations, they were unwilling to associate with a gentlemen’s club,” he said. That sort of thinking is almost always rooted in politics, said the executive director of a national trade organization representing about 4,000 adult entertainment clubs. “The charitable groups are afraid of taking money from the strip club industry,” said Angelina Spencer. She said conservative organizations brand anyone who takes money from the industry as “pro pornography,” and such an allegation can taint the group’s reputation.
“I have good news and I have bad news,” Feinstein said his doctor told him after a routine checkup about a year ago. The bad news was that he had prostate cancer. The good news: It was caught early and could probably be treated. Feinstein, spent most part of a year undergoing treatment and recovering. After he’d had time to reflect, he decided that he’d like to help educate the public about prostate cancer. He talked to his partners at Sapphire, and proposed the idea of a fund-raising golf tournament with Bill Walters, a local developer who owns the Bali Hai Golf Club on Las Vegas Boulevard. Feinstein had read a feature story in the Review-Journal about a 55-year-old Oregon man who was dying of prostate cancer. A nonprofit organization granted the man, Steve Hunter, and his wife a trip to Las Vegas as a dying wish.
“It actually brought tears to my eyes,” Feinstein said. “All of a sudden, a light went on.” He began contacting prostate cancer foundations immediately. He was rejected at every turn because of the link to a gentlemen’s club. And so, with all the rejections, Sapphire’s owners started their own charity, the Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer.
The Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer is a 501(c)(3) organization located at 3753 Howard Hughes Parkway, Ste. 220, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Phone 702-556-2100, email [email protected] or visit us on the web at www.SapphireProstateFoundation.org. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to request financial assistance please contact us. The foundation is always looking for sponsors since this helps them raise money, so ask about sponsorship.
The tournament spots fill up quickly, so if you want to participate or for more detailed information about the tournaments, the charity, the registration process, the sponsors and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.SapphireProstateFoundation.org or call 702-556-2100. “Follow” us on Twitter @SapphireCharity and “Like” us on Facebook.