Step by Step Foundation to Benefit from Poker Gives’ Cupids for Charity NL Tag Team Tourney

Liliane Stransky & Olympic Veteran Margie Engle Planning to Host Charity Game during This Year’s Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida

Liliane Stransky and Margie Engle to co-host ‘All In for Charity’ Poker Tournament during WEF 2013

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2013 – Top poker professionals, veteran players, and amateur supporters have all reserved seats for Poker Gives’ 2nd annual Cupids for Charity NL Tag Team Tourney at the Binion’s on February 17, 2013.  The international children’s charity Step by Step Foundation will be one of the 5 beneficiaries for this year’s tournament at the popular casino at 128 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are very excited to be one of the non-profits chosen by Poker Gives this year,” said Step by Step founder Liliane Stransky of Miami and Wellington, Florida, who is planning on sitting down to take on all challengers at this fun filled game.  “The funds that come with each winning hand will help of our programs, like our Backpacks for Kids campaign.  We have been able to bring backpacks and much needed supplies to children both nationally and abroad, but this support will allow us to expand and help others.”

Getting involved with Poker Gives is a natural for Stransky, who along with the help of Olympic show jumping veteran Margie Engle is planning her third “All In for Charity Poker Tournament.”  They are looking to host the benefit tournament during this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

In the past the dynamic duo have co-hosted two benefit events during the 12 week circuit with top show jumping riders, trainers, and owners all enjoying the excitement of Texas Hold ‘Em, Black Jack and 21 while supporting Step by Step.  “These events were great fun,” remembered Stransky, who also owns Stransky’s Mission Farm right near the Palm Beach Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.  “Especially for my friend Paulo Santana. Not only did he put in a winning round in the Grand Prix against top riders like Margie (Engle) and Jimmy Torano, but he was the high stakes winner at our poker tournament as well.”

Date and location for this season’s Step by Step “All In for Charity” benefit poker game will be announced. In the meantime, a team of riders has been putting in winning rounds on behalf of the charity at the exciting competitions at this year’s WEF.  Junior champions including Liliane’s 16 year old daughter Daniela, Emanuel Andrade, Jose F. Bonetti, and Kelsie, Spencer and Jackson Brittan and amateurs including Krystoff Carvonis, Alicia Gamboa and Heather Hooker have all been raising awareness while winning ribbons on behalf of the cause.

Professional players Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner founded Poker Gives to raise funds for great causes that they believed in.  Money raised for Step by Step, as well as Wish Upon A Hero, Diabetes Action Research, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Special Olympics Nevada, will come through donations from poker players at the game, auctions and the actual poker tournament.   For this game, anyone playing – from beginners to seasoned professional poker players – may donate a lump sum or pledge to give a percentage of their annual winnings to any of the 5 charities.

The Step by Step Foundation works to enhance the lives of underprivileged children by creating and supporting, health, nutrition, water, education and other programs that substantially impact the human rights and development of children worldwide (  The mission of Poker Gives is to raise funds through poker events and private donations and distribute them to mainstream charities on behalf of the poker world (

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