Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Raise $1.7M for Food Banks Through Online Celebrity Poker Tournament

Poker Cards Falling onto TableIn today’s bit of good news, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have raised $1.75 million through an online celebrity poker tournament they headed up. Thank you, fellas!

The All in For America’s Charity poker tournament had a $10,000 buy-in and featured a star-studded line up of players.

Some entrants included NFL star player Tom Brady, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, leading man Adam Sandler, actresses Sarah Silverman and Cheryl Hines, Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine, actors Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Tobey Maguire, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith and more.

The poker tournament raised the funds for Feeding America, which is a nonprofit that has been providing food to the needy throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Professional poker player and Twitch streamer Ebony Kenney came out on top against veteran actor Kevin Pollak in The All in For America’s charity event.

Brian Cranston made an impressive play, finishing in fifth place overall. Tobey Maguire was also a top player in the event.

The Texas Holdem tournament was hosted by professional poker commentators Justin Kelly and Michael Loncar on Twitch.

A Hollywood Helping Hand for Feeding America

Ben Affleck took to his Instagram earlier this week to announce the charity event, sharing his excitement over partnering with Feeding America on this noble cause during a time when people need hunger-relief the most.

Hollywood Stars Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The virus hasn’t skipped over Hollywood’s brightest stars.

Notable names who have tested positive for COVID-19 include Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba. Other celebrities include Olga Kurylenko, Debi Mazar and Rachel Matthews; and actors Kristofer Hivju and Daniel Dae Kim.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Hollywood

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted normal life on so many different levels, and the entertainment landscape is no exception.

From the postponement of many major theatrical releases, like Ben Affleck’s ‘Hypnotic’ that has production paused, to film festivals, TV conferences, live shows and more, COVID-19 has put Hollywood on a major standstill.

Luckily, many celebrities, especially musicians and famous DJ’s, have been going ‘live’ on Instagram to perform for their fans during this time of self-quarantine at home.

Celebrities’ Philanthropic Efforts throughout the Coronavirus Crisis

Since April 14, a slew of celebrities have participated in the All in Challenge, a digital fundraiser that was started by Fanatics, a sports retail company.

100 percent of the proceeds raised by the fundraiser are mainly being donated to America’s Food Fund, a hunger relief organization cofounded by Leonardo DiCaprio, with support also given to Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry.

The All In Challenge can take one of two approaches. One, celebrities can either urge their fans to donate money in exchange for a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to meet the star. Two, fans can donate in an auction-exchange for the famous figures’ prized possessions.

So far, the fundraised has raised an incredible $11,023,750. To bid on auction items and experiences, check out their official fundraising page.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The organization works with individuals, charities, businesses and government to help end hunger in the places and areas of most need.

For over 40 years, Feeding America has responded to the needs of individuals struggling with food insecurity in America, and fight daily to accomplish their mission of ending the fight against hunger nationwide.

About America’s Food Fund

Founded by Leonardo DiCaprio, Emerson Collective, Apple, and the Ford Foundation, America’s Food Fund was launched with the goal of helping people all across the country have reliable access to food.