Bernard Lee Helping Boston's Homeless Over ChristmasDecember 23, 2016 1:53 pm
Many high-profile poker players are known for their charitable deeds, with some of the game’s more privileged pros believing in counting their blessings and supporting their favorite good causes. As well as being a time of good cheer, this time of the year also helps focus attention on the plight of those people who may be destitute or homeless.
One poker pro who is doing all he can to alleviate some of the despair and suffering experienced by this group in his local community is Bernard Lee, who has been visiting homeless families in Boston and handing out gifts to their children since 2011.
In addition to his regular trips to the Boston-area YMCA where he has spent time and played games with those living on the streets or in shelters, the 46 year-old pro has been handing out gifts purchased through “Lee’s Full House Charity Program”. As well as presents for 53 children, Lee has also handed out winter coats and duffle bags to some of the 37 homeless families he has visited, and “Disney on Ice” tickets for those families living in a shelter. As he explains:
“My program has become a family tradition, especially for my own two children, who are a huge reason for the program’s success. Our goal has always been to bring joy to New England families during the holiday season. More than anything, I love seeing the children smile when they receive the specific gifts they wished for.”
Bernard Lee is a pro who has been called the “voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com. In 2005, Lee came to prominence in the poker world after finishing that year’s WSOP Main Event in 13th place for a $400,000 payday, with the tournament eventually won by Joe Hachem. In 2007, he then took down the $15k WPT Doyle Brunson Classic for $239,143, with his other six-figure score coming in 2010 after finishing third at the WSOP Circuit Hammond for $236,368. Throughout his career, Bernard Lee has now amassed $2,196,927 in winnings.
Nevertheless, Bernard Lee is known equally as a media personality, and writes a regular poker column for the Boston Herald, and ESPN.com, as well as hosting a poker radio show, and providing further commentary on television. He has also written poker books, and teaches the game to private students.