Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons Honored the LAPMF Heroes for Heroes Celebrity Poker Tournament

Rock legend Gene Simmons of the iconic rock band KISS was honored on Nov. 10 at the 4th annual LAPMF Heroes for Heroes Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party. The proceeds from this event, which totaled to $300k, goes to giving financial support to the families of LAPD officers that were injured or have fallen in the line of duty. The evening started with a red carpet attended by a variety of celebrities and athletes before the poker games including MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, Twilight star Billy Burke, TV show host Steve Wilkos and Saved by Bell’s Dennis Haskins.

After the red carpet, attendees played a few rounds of poker. Lakers legend Jerry West and Ortiz came up as speakers and LAPD Chief of Police Michael Moore presented Simmons a very special award. Also to help raise proceeds for LAPMF there was a large silent auction of mostly sports items including a Magic Johnson signed photo, Joe Namath signed photo, as well vinyls signed by The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band.

Simmons was quoted saying  “What we’re really here to do is deal with the important issue that there are people in uniform, our police, our firefighters, first responders right now risking their lives to save your home, your pets, your family, and what they get for that is a few hundred bucks.  There are law enforcement officers with their own families running into danger every day for us. We’re going to raise money to help the families of the fallen who have risked everything to help us.”

From press release:

EVENT TIMELINE:

  • 2:45 PM: Dr Drew Pinsky and wife Susan Pinsky (Calling Out) note how they are early as always and surprised the roads were open given the fires

  • 3:11 PM: Randall Emmett arrives sans fiancé Lala Kent

  • 3:20 PM: Mimi Rogers (adorned in YSL boot and purse) talks about how she never buys anything full price

  • 3:40 PM: Randall Emmett & John Cynn (2018 WSOP champ) chat, enjoy cocktails and take photos with other fellow Pro poker players.

3:45: Jonathan Schaech, Christina Applegate’s ex and Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘go to’ date shares his father has been a police officer for 37 years

  • 3:45: SEAL Team cast (AJ Buckley, Judd Lormand, Justin Melnick, Dita the Dog arrive. Dita momentarily steals the red carpet

  • 4:00 PM: Bai Ling poses for photos on the Poker Tournament floor in front of Gene Simmons painting on the stage

  • 4:15: AJ Buckley explains how this is “Date Night” for daughter Willow. Buckley explains, “Ever since the twins were born (March 5, 2018), they have needed a lot of attention, so we (Buckley & Wife Abigail) have started a special ‘date night with Willow – and today is date night.”

  • 4:19 PM: Steve Wilkos fanboys out over Jerry West asking for a photo and explain to West he was a former Chicago PD. Wilkos explains to his guest that West is the player on the actual NBA logo.

  • 4:25: GG brings her Dad as her date and plays blackjack with guests

  • 4:30 PM: Long-time supporter, Tito Ortiz and Amber Nichole Miller arrive

  • 4:40 PM: Fellow Power Rangers Hector David Jr. & Najee De Tieje chat with each other

  • 4:45 PM: Gene, Shannon and Sophie Simmons arrive and do the carpet as a family. Gene says, “I want this to be Sophie’s time to shine on the carpet!”

  • 4:50pm: Bai Ling, not recognizing Dr. Drew Pinsky asks him to take a photo of her and Gilles Marini. After she realizes it’s Dr. Drew, they laugh, hug and chat.

  • 5:00 PM: Jerry West is one of the most popular guests at the tournament; being asked for numerous photos from celebs and players.

  • 5:00 PM: Gene Simmons goes straight to the table with Jerry West to say hello.

  • 5:17 PM: The room pays tribute with a moment of silence to the fallen officers and those afflicted by the shooting in Thousand Oaks and Pittsburgh.

  • 5:35 PM: Gene Simmons joins a table with $100 Bill's in his hand

  • 5:45pm: Tito Ortiz takes a break from the table to feed Dita the Hair Missile Dog a treat

  • 5:55 PM: John Cynn, Randall Emmett & Dr. Drew Pinsky jump up from their table (seated together) after an intense hand

  • 6:00 PM: Gene Simmons leaves his table to say hello to Randall Emmett

  • 6:08 PM: Randall Emmett films himself winning a hand against WSOP Champ John Cynn

  • 6:43 PM: Live Auction: Randall Emmett wins bid on original Andy Warhol. Tito Ortiz wins bid on Rams helmet signed by Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks. Shannon Tweed & Randall Emmett have a bidding war over one of the last Muhammad Ali autographed photos of Ali and Sonny Liston in existence. Gene Simmons donates $100k on his own autographed painting and challenges others to bid $10k each for an experience to ride the KISS jet and be backstage at for the final KISS Tour.

  • 7:30pm: Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval, talks about his love of music and his Mom, Terri Sandoval being the first female named Fire Fighter of the Year for saving a 200 pound man from a burning building.

  • 9:30 PM: Jonathan Sadowski makes it to last table, says, “All I wanted to do was make it to the last table!” IG post here: instagram.com/p/BqCKBxjFba

  • 10:30 PM: Randall Emmett wins the tournament and donates the grand prize to a police officer. Grand prize is a Main Event Seat at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.