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First Annual EXHIBITOR SHOW Charity Poker Championship a Success
3/30/2005
3/25/2005 - ROCHESTER, MN—More than $10,000 was raised at the First Annual EXHIBITOR SHOW Charity Poker Championship held March 12 in conjunction with EXHIBITOR SHOW 2005 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Mark Bendickson, CEO of exhibit-design firm exhibitdesign, won the inaugural championship.

Ten players each contributed $1,000 to play in the First Annual EXHIBITOR SHOW Charity Poker Championship.
Each player contributed $1,000 to play in the Texas Hold’em championship. First prize was $3,000. The remaining proceeds will be donated to the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association Foundation (EDPAF), a nonprofit organization that provides education and financial assistance to trade show industry members.

“Everybody there saw this as the start of something big,” says Lee Knight, founder of Exhibitor Magazine Group and EXHIBITOR SHOW. “A supplier has already contributed space for next year’s championship, and people are already calling to participate.”

“Giving to the EDPAF is one way Exhibitor Magazine Group can support industry associations that ultimately give back to the trade show community,” says John Pavek, vice president of publishing for Exhibitor Magazine Group.

Mark Bendickson, president of exhibitdesign, was the big winner in this year's tournament. He received $3,000 of the $10,000 pot, while the remaining $7,000 will be donated to the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association Foundation (EDPAF).
Pete Dicks, EDPA executive director and EDPAF vice president was a participant in this inaugural event. “On behalf of the Foundation, we’re really thrilled that Lee was willing to organize such an exciting new fundraiser,” he says. “The participants all had a good time and we’re looking forward to it in the future.”

“I thought it was fabulous,” says Bendickson, this year’s tournament winner. “It was a really fun way to raise money for a good cause.”

Video highlights from the First Annual EXHIBITOR SHOW Charity Poker Championship, captured by Goodwyn Production Group, will be shown at the EDPA Annual Conference.

The Charity Poker Championship is just one of several charitable activities Exhibitor Magazine Group has held in conjunction with EXHIBITOR SHOW. Past events include funding and building a Habitat for Humanity house in Las Vegas, volunteering at Children's House at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, pairing professionals with Baltimore high school students, and matching funds for local projects.

About EXHIBITOR SHOW
Held early each year in Las Vegas, EXHIBITOR SHOW is the leading educational conference and exhibition for trade show and event marketing professionals. The weeklong conference draws more than 5,000 attendees. For registration information, please visit www.ExhibitorShow.com.

About EDPA Foundation, Inc.
The EDPA Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2002 by the EDPA Board of Directors in order to help improve the quality of life for less fortunate industry members, to build for the future of the trade show industry, to attract new design talent through scholarship programs, and to provide a tax exempt method for industry members to show their support for the exhibition industry. For more, go to www.edpaf.org


Contact:
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