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Actors and Voice-Over Stars Fly High at Screen Actors Guild Foundation 4th Annual Poker Classic Benefiting the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:01 — Caroline O'Connor

Host Robert Hays, Powers Boothe and Sharon Lawrence 
turn the Museum of Flying into a Hollywood hot spot!


Contact: Caroline O’Connor, Director of Communications, (213) 400-8401, coconnor@sagfoundation.org


Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2014)— More than 300 actors, voice-over stars, poker players and party guests landed at the illustrious Museum of Flying in Santa Monica on Saturday night for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s  4th Annual Poker Classic and Party. Supporters played in the heated poker tournament and posed for pictures, including much-coveted shots with Airplane! star and host Robert Hays in the cockpit. Surely, we’re completely serious!

Actors, voice-over talent and poker players who turned out to support the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab included Powers Boothe, Joe Cipriano, Sharon Lawrence, Fred Melamed, Paul Pape and Randy Thomas. When guests weren’t ante-ing up, they flocked to the Flight Simulator sponsored by New Trails Productions, played in other casino-styled games, mugged for free shots in the photobooth, and danced the night away under a canopy of vintage aircraft. Party guests entered the big raffle with over 21 exclusive items and walked away with everything from a private IMAX screening to a Portable Recording Studio (valued at $3500). The two “Pilot” sponsors of the Poker Classic were Benztown and New Trails Productions along with “Co-Pilot” sponsors Integrated Wealth Management and Jim Tasker, VIP suite sponsor Edge Studios, and more. Over 75 sponsors and donors pitched in to ensure everyone went home a winner!

“It was a fierce night, filled with friendship and more poker faces than I care to remember! The unity of this group is something to behold, and they definitely know how to have a good time!” said Host Robert Hays.

“The first time we did this was in my backyard, so we’ve definitely moved up,” said Joe Cipriano, Co-Founder of the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab. “This event is how we’re able to continue to offer all of our workshops, seminars and everything we do at the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab for free for anyone who’s into voiceover.”

“Don [LaFontaine] and I played in a poker game for 15 years with a group of actors and we had so much fun over the years,  it was natural to create this fundraiser for the Lab that also captures the spirit of Don,” said Paul Pape, SAG Foundation Board Member and Co-Founder of the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab.


Before the tournament began, Powers Boothe confided, “It’s a lot of fun here, but people do get competitive. It’s almost like saying…‘I’m gonna beat you out of that role!’” Boothe proceeded to place second overall in the tournament, winning a package including a 2-night stay at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. 

The Grand Prize winner of the tournament was voice-over artist and actress Julie Marcus. Marcus won a package including a 3-night stay at the Hilton Los Cabos, two first class tickets on United Airlines, a Dunkin’s Diamonds watch and more.

The SAG Foundation Poker Classic and Party is the major annual fundraiser for the SAG Foundation’s Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab, a state-of-the-art voice over facility that offers free workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by industry experts for voice-over artists. The fully-equipped studio also allows voice-over artists to perfect their craft by making demo reels and recording auditions, all at no cost.

For photos, contact Caroline O’Connor at (213) 400-8401 or coconnor@sagfoundation.org.

About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the SAG Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on support from grants, sponsorships, and individual contributions to maintain its programs and create new ones. For more information visit www.sagfoundation.org.

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