All In for Adoption

2017 All In for Adoption: A Huge Success

Event co-chairs Steve Kennedy, Will Maxwell and Michael Tsang put all their cards on the table for the 11th Annual All In For Adoption Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament benefiting Arms Wide Adoption Services, formerly Spaulding for Children. The greater Houston event raised $184,000 to support Arms Wide Adoption Services and its mission to transform the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families. In addition to the poker tournament, the event featured high-end door prizes, live and silent auctions, delicious food and entertainment by emcee, Lisa Malosky.

Tension was high when tournament play begin, as players collected chip bonuses for knocking out previous tournament champions. In the end, Russell Brown took home first place, Jeremy Ham received the second place trophy and Mike Dignam came in third.


Special thanks to…

  • Our Event Co-Chairs: Steve Kennedy, Will Maxwell and Michael Tsang.
  • Our Host Committee: Ann Lee and Mike Aubuchon, Courtney Baggett, Denise and David Baggett, Heather and Karl Brensike, Laura and Mark Dobbins, Lane Dodds, Donna and J.B. Dollison, Catharine and Grant Faulconer, Kim and Todd Gibson, Heather and Dave Hennekes, Brittany Hildebrand, Kurt Hueni, Steve Kennedy, Shannon and Cooper Kinney, Beverly and Mike Koenig, Rachel and Paul Konikowski, Geneviève and Nathan Kroeker, Blair and Bryan Loocke, Kim and Scott Martin, Oana and Keith Maxwell, Will Maxwell, Alexandra Mouton, Shelley and Tim Murray, Ruth and Anthony Nocella, Annie and Will Richardson, Christinia and Eric Roddiger, Liz and Brian Romere, Jeff Sinda, Taylor Sourdellia, Carolyn and Garry Tanner, Michael Tsang and Mayleen Lee, Trace Williams, Larry Wilson, Cecelia and Michael Zeitlin
  • Our Sponsors: Fuelco, Spark Energy, Ascend Performance Materials, IndemCo, Ruth and Anthony Nocella, Opportune LLP, Renaissance Offshore, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Amegy Bank, Frost Bank, Greenfield Midstream, ConocoPhillips, EnCap Investments, Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, Kim and Scott Martin, SET Environmental, Inc., Vikki and Ken Finley, Halcon Resources, The Henningsens & Lockton, Brittany Hildebrand, Blair and Bryan Loocke, McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Texas, Inc., Christinia and Eric Roddiger, Carolyn and Garry Tanner and Wells Fargo Bank
  • Our Auction Donors: Amegy Bank of Texas, á bientôt, Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex, Alley Theatre, ARMANDOS, Arnaldo Richards’ PICOS, Carl Bassewitz, Children’s Museum of Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Country Park Portraits, Coushatta Casino Resort, Crave Cupcakes, Crutchfield Capital Corporation, Da Camera, The Dance Whisperer, Disneyland Resort Community Relations, The George Ranch Historical Park, GNW Premier Trading, Grand Lux Café, Gringo’s Tex-Mex, Hai Hospitality, Uchi and Uchiko, Hal Martin’s Watch and Jewelry Co., Hamilton Shirts, The Henningsens and Lockton, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Houston Zoo, iPic Entertainment, James Avery Artisan Jewelry, Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks, Laurenzo’s El Tiempo, Main Street Theater, Mariquita Masterson, Mister Car Wash, The Moody Mansion Museum, Niko Niko’s, Pepperoni’s, Rack Room Shoes, Randalls Food Markets, Sam Houston Race Park, Sensia Studio & Japanese Day Spa, Smiles By Canada, Spec’s, Steve Kennedy, Steve Madden, Tango & Malbec, Taste of Texas Restaurant, TBG Fan Experiences, vineyard vines, Will Maxwell, The Wine Man

The success of this event would not be possible without people and organizations like you – thank you!

More Information

If you have any questions or would like any additional information about the 2018 All In for Adoption Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, please contact Annie Richardson at or  713-681-6991. We hope to see you at the poker tables again next year!