On Thursday, March 3, 2022, YES Prep welcomed Houston’s leaders in the oil and gas industry, business and philanthropic community for the 17th Annual Oil & Gas Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at The Corinthian in Downtown Houston. More than 550 guests attended the record-breaking event that raised $2 million to support YES Prep’s 23 campuses across Houston, which serve 16,400 students in grades pre-K-3 and 6-12.
Over 82 corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors and their guests attended the event that raised $950,000 through sponsorships and an additional $1,050,000 through night-of giving at the tournament. In a thrilling final round, tournament emcee Bill Heuer of iHostPoker crowned Jean-Marc Monrad, seated at the Vitol table, the winner of the 2022 tournament.
The Oil & Gas Texas Hold 'Em Tournament is an annual event, earmarked by the oil and gas industry of Houston. Since the first tournament in 2006, the event has raised over $18 million and is attended by individuals donning attire ranging from business casual to casino chic to rodeo-ready from various business sectors from across the world in support of YES Prep.
Vitol was instrumental in the overall success of the event. Serving as the VIP reception sponsor, top sponsors and their guests were invited to the reception prior to the event in the Corinthian’s newly opened underground reception area known as “The Vault”. The Vitol Foundation capped off the night by matching Vitol employee’s night-of donations resulting in an additional $150,000.
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Press from the 2022 tournament
- “Record $2 Million Poker Night Means Big Bucks For YES Prep Thanks to Houston’s Oil & Gas Power Players, PaperCity Magazine – March 9, 2022
If you are interested in learning more about this event, contact Special Events Manager Caitlin Monteith at Caitlin.Monteith@yesprep.org.