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35th Annual Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center Poker Tournament

Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center Annual Poker Tournament

A Record-Setting Success

The 35th Annual Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center Poker Tournament on July 18 was a record-setting success! Together we raised $130,000 to support programs and services at the Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where patients impacted by spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries successfully transition from hospital to home.

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Hosted in partnership with the Survivors Rehabilitation Fund and HeadNorth Fund, the event gave players and attendees the opportunity to hear from two inspiring patients who received support from these funds as they navigated recovery from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Daniel Saenz-Castro and familyDaniel Saenz-Castro suffered a traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures and a cardiac arrest and was hospitalized at Sharp Coronado Hospital's skilled nursing facility for more than two years after a serious motor vehicle accident. He made incredible strides while there, becoming an ideal candidate for Sharp's Community Re-Entry Program, which provides specialized outpatient rehabilitation services specifically designed to help individuals recovering from brain injuries develop and integrate skills to successfully return to their homes and communities. The Survivors Rehabilitation Fund made it possible for Daniel to attend the program and continue his excellent progress. He has now moved on to the Sharp Adaptive Driving Program and is in the final stages of obtaining reinstated driving privileges to continue his active lifestyle of working out, volunteering at his church and starting his own car detailing business.

Sebastian Yaghoubi and fatherSebastian Yaghoubi sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a motorcycle accident and was left paralyzed from the neck down with partial use of his arms. He was homebound after being discharged from the hospital with a cumbersome power wheelchair that could not be transported in and out of a car. The HeadNorth Fund granted him a power assist wheelchair with the portability to travel outside of his home as well as a way to exercise and build strength. This resource has helped Sebastian regain the confidence to reintegrate into his community, return to school and pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. 

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Thank you to everyone who went "all in" to help survivors of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries!

Congratulations to Tournament Winners

1st Place: John Kuhry
2nd Place: Matt Brower
3rd Place: Phi Ha
4th Place: Fran Kennedy

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Tournament Sponsor: Troy and Heather Hawks

Ace Sponsors: Howard Appel, Stephen Harrington, Pearl Katz, Marcus Katz, Legacy Education, Mike Obrien, Carole Sachs, Wonderful Real Estate Development

King Sponsors: Cannabis USA, Parallel Capital Partners, Cary Katz, Cox Communications, John and Sarah Cox, Education Loan Source, Frances Kennedy, URBN Leaf

Queen Sponsors: Bel-Cal Properties, Greg Belzberg, Gary Levine, Sean O'Neal, Kyle Perkins, Larry Soldinger, Helen Wildgoose

Jack Sponsors: Larry Bloch; Andrew Mayer; Laurence Rivkin, MD; Adam Stern; Gerald Shonkwiler; Stem Holdings

Thank You to the Tournament Planning Committee

Robert deRose
Ray Willenberg
Eric Northbrook
Marty Ehrlich
Kris Nelson
Jennifer Hale


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Hale at or 858-499-8062.