Nautica Charity Poker Festivals Begin - Monday 24th of April 2006

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Next Thursday begins the first of24 Nautica Charity Poker Festivals designed to raise $1 million forCleveland- area charities by doubling the number of Festivals held in 2005.The Cuyahoga Board of County Commissioners recently approved a lease forthe Nautica Charity Poker Festivals paving the way to bring Texas Hold 'Emto the Nautica Entertainment Complex ("Nautica") this summer. The Festivalswill consist of 24 four-day festivals conducted by a wide variety ofcharities featuring poker played inside the 20,000 sq. ft. air-conditionedFestival Center.

Created to generate revenue for local charities and excitement atNautica and in downtown Cleveland, the 2006 Nautica Charity Poker Festivalsare expected to again draw thousands of visitors to downtown Cleveland.Over $450,000 in net income was raised by charities hosting Festivals in2005, an average of $35,000 per charity hosting a four-day Festival.

"We conducted a successful and profitable festival last year," statedKevin Hartman, Coordinator of Athletics & Student Activities for theGarfield Heights City School District. "We are glad to be returning in2006," he added. According to Carolina Martin, Executive Director of Art onWheels, participating allowed them to expand the art programs they offer."Our kids are the beneficiaries."

The Nautica Charity Poker Festivals will begin April 27th and runthrough October 8th. "We are pleased that all of the participatingcharities from 2005 are returning in 2006," stated David C. Grunenwald,Vice-President of Development/Leasing for Jacobs Investments, Inc., ownerand operator of the Nautica and the coordinator of the Festivals. "Theywill be joined by nine new charities all of whom seek to raise much neededfunds from an entirely new source," he added.

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