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$1 million donated to child leukemia and environmental charities



2008-05-26

$1 million donated to child leukemia and environmental charities

Don Cheadle and Annie Duke are not the only stars to turn out for charity poker, judging by reports from InStyle and other celebrity publications recently.

Cannes was the venue for a charity event arranged by the Partouche group's Palm Beach Casino which featured Hollywood luminaries such as Goldie Hawn, Salma Hayek, Tim Robbins, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Hopper, Edward Norton and Adrien Brody, along with French actress Alice Taglioni.

The 2008 Partouche Charity Poker Festival tournament has become a regular fixture on the Canne Film Festival program, generating significant sums of money for charities - the winner nominates a charity of choice to receive the annual $1 million bonanza.

In the two hour game this year there were two winners as Harrelson and Alice Taglioni reached a deal in the heads up and split the prize, with Harrelson directing that it be donated to the environmental organisation Oasis Preserve International, and Taglioni gifting her half to Enfants et santé, which helps children affected by leukemia or other orphan diseases.

The event was watched by crowds of celebrity hunters, mainly via large screen television facilities.


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