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On May 13 former Chicago Bear player Jerry Azumah hosted nearly 400 guests at his Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and Casino Night Event as a fundraiser for his non-profit organization ASAP (Azumah Student Assistance Program). All proceeds raised from the event went to ASAP’s scholarship program, which serves youth specifically at San Miguel Schools Chicago. Horseshoe Casino served as one of ASAP’s most generous supporters for the Inaugural Event.

During the event, benefactors received an opportunity to intermingle with some of the most well-known celebrities, tastemakers and everyday consumers in a relaxed and casual environment showcasing newly introduced and some of our favorite products and brands. Suites, retreats and exclusive bars were offered to some of our benefactors for private and interactive branding opportunities.


Aside from having some of the most fantastic, versatile and well-known guests, benefactors and supporters, the event was just fun. The ASAP Foundation wanted to provide our guests with an excellently executed and intimate event in which attendees were able to leave their cares behind so we could share the ASAP mission and goals and have an enjoyable time with the most influential people in the city. Guests walked away with prizes from some of the best retailers in the city as well as Super Bowl Tickets, trips to Las Vegas provided by Horseshoe Casino, condos in both Vail, Colorado and Miami as well as TVs and trips to our favorite getaways in the surrounding states. The process of creating awareness of the ASAP Foundation and the San Miguel Schools Chicago appeared to be trouble-free and simple because of the support and passion on which the event was built. With the help of our guests, supporters and benefactors as well as potential partners and additional attendees, we at the ASAP Foundation look forward to being able to produce this event and raising money for young impressionable minds for years to come. For more info and updates, visit or call 312.842.1042. Thank you to everyone who supported the ASAP Foundation’s Inaugural Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament!

To check out photos of the event, go to the ASAP Foundation website, and click “Fund raiser Event.”


Guests enjoyed spirits from: SVEDKA, Hennessy Black, Sprite Green, Fuze, PAMA, Anheuser Busch, Evan Williams, Becks, Red Bull, Lunazul and Hyponitq. Food was catered by ASAP partner Hotel Sax. Media partners included: Ruby, Michigan Avenue Magazine Chicago Public Radio Sister Station and NBC 5 Chicago.

Additional benefactors and supporters included: Gold Coast Bentley, the Gorman family, Impact 365, Skybox on Sheffield, Holm Audio, Gibson’s Restaurant’s, Custom Companies, Inc., David Barton Gym, PLP Studios and Solemates Chicago.

Celebrity attendees included: Antoine Walker (NBA Champion), Adewale Ogunleye (Pro Bowler and Chicago Bear), Richard Dent (former Chicago Bear and Super Bowl MVP), Bobby Simmons (NBA Player), Malik Yusef (Poet/Artist), Tom Thayer (Super Bowl Champion/Sports Analyst), David Kaplan (CTL Host), Israel Idonije (Chicago Bear), Rashied Davis (Chicago Bear), Ryan Baker (CBS Sports), Jenn Patterson (Comcast Personality), Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun Times Columnist), Robin Robinson (Fox News Chicago), Natalie Martinez (NBC Personality), Lance Briggs (Chicago Bear), Tiffany (Reality TV Star), Kelli Zink (, Susanna Homan (Editor in Chief, Michigan Avenue Magazine), Tone and Shag (Power 92 Personalities), Nawledge (Emcee).

About Jerry Azumah
Jerry Azumah – Born to West African immigrant parents and raised in Worcester, Mass., Jerry Azumah has had a fortunate life attributing it to the support he has received throughout his life, especially in his younger academic years. In 1991, Azumah enrolled at St. Peter Marian High School, a private school in Worcester where he began to fulfill his classroom and athletic potential. Without the assistance of a local Worcester donor, he would not have been able to attend the prestigious institution. Equipped with a remarkable early education, a BA from University of New Hampshire and a successful and admirable 7-year football career with the Chicago Bears (going All Pro in 2004), Jerry has been able to retire, maintain a healthy lifestyle and embark on new endeavors, all by the age of 30. In addition to his philanthropic and entrepreneurial happenings, he joined Cellular Bears Post Game Live for his first season as studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet in 2007.

About ASAP Foundation
ASAP (Azumah Student Assistance Program) Foundation.  With an inception in 2004, ASAP’s (License Number: Processing) primary goal is to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students in Massachusetts, Illinois and beyond. The Foundation’s first fundraising event, a golf outing, took place in Massachusetts and received remarkable attention and encouragement. The generous support Azumah received early in his life tailored his choices and outlook, his community, and his charitable activities. This support also serves as his founding inspiration to utilize his own personal and professional accomplishments to students in need. This year’s ASAP event is being used to support to San Miguel Schools, Chicago. More information on ASAP can be found at

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