It was an incredible turnout for the “Get Lucky for Lupus LA” celebrity poker tournament event. The night honored Toni Braxton and Nick Cannon, both lupus survivors. The legend and biggest R&B Diva of all time, Toni Braxton presented the Ace Award to Nick Cannon that night as well.
Other celebs that attended included former backstreet boy AJ Mclean and Dancing with the Stars dancer Karina Smirnoff.
The event included an auction featuring some infamous music records, posters, and beauty products. It also featured some tasty food carts, blackjack tables, roulette, and a fabulous photo booth! The event raised funds and awareness for Lupus LA. Lupus affects 1.5 Million people in the U.S. and 90 percent of people with Lupus are women between the ages of 15 and 45, a shocking statistic.
I had the chance to speak with Nick Cannon on the red carpet who told me he was “excited to get inside and play poker for a great cause.” Though he did not stop to chat for long, it was clear he was thrilled to be part of the event. Once inside, Cannon had a few words for the attendees before the poker tournament started , “I appreciate all the people being around me, everyday is not an easy day, we have days like these where we can be celebrating. I am thankful. Have a good time, dance, and play poker,. I appreciate everybody, God bless and take care.” LA Lupus Ambassador Toni Braxton then presented Cannon with the Ace Award.
AJ McLean told Press Pass LA, “It’s all for a great cause and I am stoked to be here and can’t wait to see what happens today. We have our Backstreet Boys cruise, the forth one coming up at the end of October, and then we go back in the studio. We wrap up our 22nd anniversary, the longest tour ever, in the spring of next year and we start gearing up for the new album and a new tour after that. There are lots of amazing things coming up for us and I can’t give too much away yet, but it’s going to be awesome.”McLean also spoke about his fatherhood and personal life. He mentioned that “it’s the best job in the world to be a father, and it’s the most rewarding. I have the only girl, God help me when she gets older!”
If you would like to know more about the event or the foundation Lupus L.A. visit www.lupusla.org or call 310.657.LOOP.