Nominated for Two Poker Maven Awards, What an Honor!
When I found out about this, I was very humbled. I never do charity work for the recognition but occasionally it does feel good to get a pat on the back. And I feel very honored. I started doing charity work in Vietnam when my Father moved back six years ago. I started travelling there more often and I had an opportunity to see firsthand, how many people were suffering in my homeland and it broke my heart to see so many people suffering. It feels really good to help people who suffer through poverty, tragedy, and natural disasters at no fault of their own. I have been extremely fortunate and blessed in my life, and it only made sense for me to give back.
When Maryann Morrison of Woman Poker Player Magazine contacted me to let me know I was nominated for an award because of my charity work, I was overwhelmed. She told me that two other women were also up for the award; Annie Duke and Linda Johnson were also nominated in the same category. Annie and Linda do a great deal of work for organizations that matter to them, and seeing the poker community give back like they do is inspiring. I’m extremely happy to be in the same category with such outstanding humanitarians.
Then I see the news that I’ve also been nominated for “Outstanding Professional Player of 2009.” Wow!! I’m in that category with Kathy Liebert and Vanessa Rousso, both top players in the world of poker. Being in this category also means a great deal to me, because I really had an opportunity to focus more on Poker in 2009. In 2009, I fulfilled my two-year promise to my father after his passing in 2007, and I felt like I was finally at peace with poker and life, and this allowed me to play much better poker. And most importantly, playing well enables me to give back more to the charities I support.
The purpose of the Maven Awards is to acknowledge the many great females in Poker. Maryann Morrison, the managing editor of Woman Poker Player Magazine had this to say, “I am very excited about the potential of the awards to heighten the profile of women in poker, as well as having the industry start thinking about making additional efforts to cater to the women who enjoy poker,” she said. “As we have seen already this year, more women are winning major tournaments then ever before. I hope many people submit their votes to show their support for the accomplishments of the nominees.”
Of course, I would be honored to win either or both of the categories that I’m nominated for. The award would mean a great deal to me, personally and professionally. But I also want to make this known because I’m humbled and honored to be included in such a contest. I want to bring additional attention to the Maven Awards. But to be honest, just knowing that my charity work is noted and recognized, and might inspire others to do the same type of work, warms my heart. Feel free to vote if you think I deserve either award. Voting is open now and can be made at mavenawards.com until September 30th, 2010. Further details on the presentations of the awards will be announced once they are available.