Philadelphia – On October 8, 2016, educational nonprofit How I Decide held its inaugural Poker Ball at The Union League in Center City. The one-of-a-kind event, which raised over $225,000.00 to support How I Decide’s programming, was hosted by actor Hank Azaria and Annie Duke, a World Series of Poker Champion and How I Decide co-founder.
“How I Decide is providing groundbreaking training and life skills to students in some of our most disadvantaged communities,” said Annie Duke. “I couldn’t have been more excited to co-host our inaugural Poker Ball to raise awareness and resources for How I Decide’s important work – while giving our guests a unique and memorable experience.”
In 2014, renowned author, public speaker and former professional poker player, Annie Duke, helped launch How I Decide with the goal of helping young people develop the essential life skills of critical thinking and decision making. Duke, who studied toward a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology before turning her decision-making skills to the poker table, now spends her time as a corporate coach, professional speaker, and philanthropist.
The black tie event had a silver-and-black theme and featured a poker tournament and instruction by Annie Duke. In addition, guests enjoyed music, magic, Blackjack, and a decision science area focused on high tech experiences and mindful breathing. With 250 registered attendees, tickets sold out more than two weeks in advance.
The grand prize for the poker tournament was six hours of private jet time, courtesy of presenting sponsor Apollo Jets. Live auction prizes included a behind-the-scenes Modern Family table read and set visit experience, as well as an all-inclusive Ray Romano Las Vegas VIP package including a meet-and-greet with Ray.
Event sponsors included Apollo Jets, Context Summits, Xelerate, CKC Capital, SIG, Muse, The Union League, and Charm & Chain.
About How I Decide
The How I Decide Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Philadelphia, founded in 2014 with the help of World Series of Poker winner and decision strategist, Annie Duke. The organization’s goal is to extend the scope of what youth learn in schools and out of school time programs so they can develop the skills that support better decision making: self-regulation, conscious habit formation, skillfully processing information, and managing uncertainty effectively. In the 2015-2016 school year, How I Decide provided mindful awareness and other decision-making programming to over 1,500 students in urban, disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia and other cities. How I Decide is a key collaborator with national nonprofit, After School All Stars, which provides high-quality after-school programs to low-income, inner-city youth across the country. Follow us on Twitter or on Facebook for regular updates.