Raiding the VIP store to give back
When people start getting stuff from the PokerStars VIP store, it's usually a personal purchase. That is, in most cases, while the store is full of cool items, it usually doesn't cause one to think of altruism.
Mike Scaglione is different, though. He spends a good deal of time thinking about other people. A loyal and dedicated PokerStars player, Scaglione spends a lot of time working to help children who have have lost someone close to them. He's a volunteer for Annie's Hope: The Bereavement Center for Kids, a charity in the St. Louis, Missouri area. The group helps fund support groups, teen retreats, overnight summer camps, and more. It's something that hits close to home for Scaglione.
"My mom passed away in 2000 when I was 14," he said. "Ever since then I've felt like a real calling of mine has been to try and do my best to help kids who are in the same situation I was."
And so as he worked on a fundraiser for the group, he thought of the PokerStars VIP store. He put in a request and got a bunch of gear from PokerStars to use for a silent auction.
The PokerStars items fetched quite a few nice little bids and helped add to the more than $18,000 the group raised to help Annie's Hope.
So, next time you're thinking about what you could do with your FPPs, think of Scaglione. Or better yet, think of some way you could use your Frequent Player Points to give a little back.