Monday, October 19, 2015

Team Tassy Blackjack Spectacular This Week

We're pleased to be hosting the second annual Team Tassy Blackjack Spectacular on Thursday, October 22.  The VIP session starts at 5:30 p.m. and the General Admission session starts at 6:30 p.m.  The evening will feature  plenty of blackjack play (12 tables worth!), a roulette table for non blackjack players, live music by the Beth James Express, Haitian themed food stations and cocktails, and a chance to win some great prizes.  It’s a fun night for a great cause.  VIP tickets are $100 per person, and include a special "learn to play" cocktail hour, as well as open bar,  General Admission tickets include two drink tickets.  To purchase tickets from Showclix, click here.

“Team Tassy”  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which helps families in the poorest slums of Port au Prince, Haiti get on their feet by providing them with health care, educational support, job training  and assistance with finding jobs.  The ultimate goal is to get families to a point where they have broken free of the cycle of poverty and are sustaining themselves. I have, with our daughter Laura, traveled to Haiti on several occasions, and we are consistently blown away by the graciousness and friendliness of the families Team Tassy is helping, and by the strides those families are making with Team Tassy’s assistance.  

Team Tassy was founded by former Survivor finalist Ian Rosenberger after he had ventured to Port au Prince after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. While there, he met Tassy Fils Aime, a teenage boy with a huge, life threatening tumor on his jaw.  Ian promised Tassy that he would bring him to the U.S. to treat the tumor, and after months of fundraising was able to do just that.  In late 2010, Tassy underwent successful surgery at Allegheny General Hospital to remove the tumor, and is now a student at LaRoche College here in Pittsburgh.  Read more about Tassy and Ian here But Ian and his team also knew that the work was not done – that there were many people in Haiti continuing to suffer, and the root cause of that suffering is poverty.  So Team Tassy was founded to help families in the poorest slums in Haiti to break the cycle of poverty.  So far, Team Tassy has assisted hundreds of people stabilize their families, and helped place many family members into jobs which will, hopefully, permanently put them on the road a healthy and prosperous future.    

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