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Hoping for a million

"There are a ton of events planned between now and Feb. 15, " said Favaro. "It was all about putting the pedal to the medal and trying to take full advantage of this opportunity."

Though the majority of the events for Hannah's Hope for a Million challenge are planned in the Albany area where the Sames family lives, there are a few in their native North Country, said Favaro.

"The biggest one here is going to be the Texas Hold 'em benefit," said Favaro, referring to a poker tournament scheduled for early next year.

The benefit, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh, will be different than regular Texas Hold 'em tournaments, explained Favaro. Traditionally, cash prizes are awarded, however, the Jan. 30 benefit will feature prizes such as a buy-in for a Texas Hold 'em tournament at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., and golfing packages.

The benefit will be limited to 125 players, with a $60 entry fee per person. The entry fee will include a full buffet and prizes throughout the evening.

"People are kind of encouraged to register as early as they can to ensure a seat because we expect it will sell out," said Favaro. "It will be a very professional, well-run tournament."

However, the next event to benefit Hannah's Hope Fund, will be a two-day "Spin-a-thon." The event will be held at Champlain Valley Fitness Saturday, Nov. 14, and the Plattsburgh YMCA Sunday, Nov. 15, with registration held both days prior to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12-4 p.m. sessions. Spinners are encouraged to collect pledges and donations toward their participation.

For more information about the Spin-a-thon, call Tracy or Cindy Rotz at 563-5553. For more information about the Texas Hold 'em benefit, contact Dan Mannix at 566-6060 or via e-mail at dmcmannix@yahoo.com or Earl Burnell at 563-6944 or earlburnell@yahoo.com.

The complete list of upcoming events to benefit Hannah's Hope Fund may be found on the organization's Web site, www.hannahshopefund.org.

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