The arts group I'll play for at Indiana Grand Casino is...

August 5, 2013
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On July 31, I announced a contest.

To recap: The folks at Indiana Grand Casino invited me  to play in a celebrity poker tournament on Sept. 12. The prize? Well, that depends on how well I play and how the cards fall. The charity I select gets $200 for each celeb I knock out (watch your back, Rik Smits). If I survive longer than the rest of them, there's an additional $1,000.

If I somehow manage to win the whole tournament, however, the prize could pass $11K.

The challenge, though, was figuring out what charity would get the (if any) prize. So I posted on the blog, asking you to name the not-for-profit arts group you think should win the (if any) money.

With random numbers chosen by a colleage, one group was picked for each day of the contest. From those, IBJ Editor Greg Andrews blindly drew one. (This way, I couldn't be accused of bias, no matter who was ultimateily selected.)

So who will I be playing for?

Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre, whose free production of "The Taming of the Shrew" runs Aug. 9-10 at White River State Park.

Not familiar with HART? Find out more here.

As for the tournement, well, let's just say its time to dust off my Phil Gordon books.

  • Okay...
    Now Lou, I love you and the IBJ, and normally I agree with most of your opinions. But this is where I have to put my foot down Lou. I am a big lover/supporter of the arts in Indianapolis, and I have to say that HART is definitely a shining spot in the community, but do you really deem them worthy of your donation? I understand that you are close friends with a few of them and that may influence the decision. However... HART is a professional company, stocked mostly with professional actors who can and do make their careers getting paid as actors. Only a few, non-professional, local actors make it in each year. HART only puts on one production a year (if that) and only for two days. You picking them seems to show favoritism toward the company that already has quite a few advantages working for them There is a vast number of other companies who could use this support. Q Artisty, ActingUP, NoExit, EclecticPond, Hoosier Bard, etc, are all companies who put up multiple productions a year and use ONLY local actors, most of whom, work a regular job to support their loves theatre. I fully understand and agree that HART is a big part of our arts scene, and yes there are many wonderful contributions they bring, but I think there are many other, more deserving arts groups that you could have chosen. I hope that I do not offend anyone with my opinions
  • selection
    Now Erika. I don't mind your opinions. It's your facts that I take issue with. If you read this and the earlier blog you'd know that the winner was picked randomly from among those who entered. These included fully professional companies, avocational groups, and others in between. The more entries from different sources, the greater the chances. There was no judgment of worthiness, only the exclusion of for-profit groups and the geographical limitation. Two rounds of randomness, picked by two different people, guaranteed no bias. For you to accuse me of picking based on anything else is both wrong and insulting. It's also presumptuous of you to think you know who my close friends are. I am curious, though, why all of the groups you mentioned are theater companies. Seems a bias to me... Thanks for reading, Lou
  • Thank you, Lou!
    As a HART board member, I'm delighted that we were the organization chosen at random. Thank you, Lou. And now I'm hoping your poker skills are equal to your writing skills.

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