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Hamels Foundation donates $10K to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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The second annual Diamond in the Rough charity poker tournament raised $10,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, according to a news release.

The tournament is sponsored by the Hamels Foundation Inc., a charity group founded by pro baseball player Cole Hamels, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, and his wife, Heidi.

Patrons of the tournament - which was held Dec. 3 at the Knights of Columbus Diamond Room, 2340 W. Grand St. - participated in a Texas hold ’em tournament, roulette and craps.

"We feel honored that the Hamels Foundation chose Big Brothers Big Sisters as the beneficiary for this year’s event," Katie Davis, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, said in the release. "They have been wonderful to work with and are truly dedicated to serving children in our community.”

The 2009 Diamond in the Rough fundraiser raised $10,000 for Mark Twain Elementary School.

The Hamels Foundation is based in Springfield. Heidi Hamels grew up in Buffalo.

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