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UCP of Central Florida Raises Nearly $800,000 at Its 2023 Annual Poker Tournament and Gala

UCP of Central Florida received nearly $800,000 during its Annual Casino Royale Poker Tournament and 30th Annual Gala activities during the last weekend in March. The event was also an opportunity to honor dedicated supporters, Fishback Dominick LLP with the Jack Holloway Star of Gratitude Award and Attorney Doug Stanford with the Jackie Bailes Legacy Award.

“It’s hard to believe that this event started as an Easter Egg Basket event and has now grown into a top-rated, celebrity-hosted fundraiser with a silent auction and three-course menu,” said Dr. Ilene Wilkins, CEO and President of UCP. “We outgrew our last venue so moving to the Caribe Royale Orlando offered us plenty of space to accommodate our more than 800 guests.”

The events were hosted by celebrity guests, Rachael Harris from Netflix’s “Lucifer” and RJ Mitte from “Breaking Bad.” The winners of this year’s poker tournament were Jake Wilkins, first place, Bennet Sebastian in second place, and Jordan Flores in third place. This year’s gala theme, “Night at the Museum” featured archaeology, history, space, and sea life exhibits.

“We’re thankful for the hospitality of their team and the generosity of everyone who came out and helped us surpass our goal,” said Wilkins. “Each year our poker tournament and gala help us raise money to continue providing quality education, support, and therapy services to our 3,500 UCP students across Central Florida.” For information on how to volunteer with or donate to UCP, visit

About UCP of Central Florida

For more than 60 years, UCP of Central Florida has provided vital services for children and families touched by disabilities. UCP is a national leader in inclusive education, support and therapy by creating a consortium of charter schools for children with and without disabilities. For more information about UCP of Central Florida, visit



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