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Lee, Cabot Cheese continue Full House Charity Program

24 May 2012

BOSTON, Mass. -- (PRESS RELEASE) -— New England's top professional poker player Bernard Lee is pleased to continue the second year of The Full House Charity Program, which will contribute a minimum of $20,000 this year to organizations across New England that focus on children. Vermont's renowned Cabot Cheese will continue as the lead sponsor of this unique charity.

“I’m delighted to continue The Full House Charity Program again this year, and hope to again provide much-needed funds to organizations that work tirelessly to improve the lives of children in Massachusetts and across New England,” said Lee, who created the charity out of a desire to combine his greatest loves – poker and his children. “Being able to give back to the community is a joy for me and my family.”

Throughout the year, Lee once again will donate $500 to children-focused charities for every full house, a notable hand of cards, he is dealt while playing in poker tournaments around the world.

In addition, Lee is celebrating the fifth anniversary of his radio show by increasing his full house donations during the 2012 World Series of Poker beginning May 27. Lee will contribute an additional 50 percent, bringing the total donation amount to $750 for each WSOP full house.

Last year, The Full House Charity Program donated holiday packages worth about $200 each over 50 children in Hartford, Conn. and Springfield, Mass. The $20,000 program commitment also included more than $10,000 raised for Playing It Forward Inc. in Framingham, Mass., which provides new and used sports equipment to underserved children around the world; and a local Massachusetts chapter of Autism Speaks.

Cabot Cheese (www.cabotcheese.coop), in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, is known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar.”

“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Bernard Lee and The Full House Charity Program for the second straight year,” Cabot Senior Vice President of Marketing Roberta MacDonald said. “As a farm family-owned cooperative based in New England, we’re proud to be the lead sponsor of this unique program. Our farmers know how important it is for children to have a great start in life, and The Full House Charity Program provides less fortunate children with clothing, school supplies, sporting goods and other items that help improve their quality of life.”

Lee catapulted into the poker spotlight after he finished 13th in the 2005 WSOP and became the top New England finisher. Lee has become a media personality since becoming professional and playing on the tournament circuit, during which time he has won nearly $2 million and three titles.

Co-host of ESPN.com’s weekly online poker show, “ESPN Inside Deal;” Lee is also host of the The Bernard Lee Poker Show on radio in Massachusetts and simulcast on Rounders Radio, www.roundersradio.com, the largest online poker talk radio station in the world.

Lee is poker columnist for the Boston Herald, ESPN.com, CardPlayer magazine and other media outlets. He has also released two books, The Final Table, Volume I and Volume II, which are compilations of his Sunday Herald poker columns. He is also a poker instructor and has been a poker commentator for the WSOP and Eastern Poker Tour.

To learn more about Lee, visit www.bernardleepoker.com or follow him on Twitter at @BernardLeePoker.

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