COVID-19: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and other H'wood stars raise $ 1.75mn through poker
Hollywood superstars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have raised $ 1.75 million for COVID-19 relief work through poker.
Affleck and Damon topped the list of big names that came together for an online celebrity poker tournament, All In For America's Charity. They raised $ 1.75 million for Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that distributes food to those in need in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to reports.
Celebrities like Tom Brady, Adam Sandler and Bryan Cranston purchased for $ 10,000 each at the food bank fundraiser.
Other notable names who joined the virtual game included Sarah Silverman, Cheryl Hines , singer Adam Levine and actors Jason Bateman , Jon Hamm , Tobey Maguire, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith .
Earlier this week, Affleck visited Instagram to announce the philanthropic poker event.
Excited to announce that I have joined forces with @FeedingAmerica, the nation's largest national hunger relief organization, to raise money for the people who need it most. Join me and some familiar faces ... as we face off in a friendly poker tournament, he said.
Affleck, who is currently dating actress Ana de Armas, added that Feeding America's work is more critical than ever as they help feed the less fortunate. He stressed that the virus outbreak has put pressure on food banks.