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The Giving Back Fund, a nonprofit that encourages and facilitates charitable giving, announced today that its 8th annual Big Game Big Give Charity event will be hosted by Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin on Saturday, February 4th in Houston, the night before Super Bowl LI.  Named the “Best Party of Super Bowl Weekend” by ESPN The Magazine, the invitation-only event will be hosted at the estate of Michael and Lisa Holthouse. The night will feature A-list entertainment, live and silent auctions and delicious food by special celebrity chefs. Expected attendees include C-suite executives, philanthropists, celebrities, sports legends, and world leaders.

This year, for the first time, the evening will include an after-party with a celebrity poker tournament hosted by Jamie Gold, the World Series of Poker Champion and winner of the largest event in history with a 90 million dollar prize pool, and the most decorated olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.  Participants will compete for six months of private coaching by Jamie and a place at the table for the World Series of Poker, among many other once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Tickets can be purchased at

“I am so thrilled to be hosting  the The Giving Back Fund’s Big Game Big Give  event at the this year’s Super Bowl in my Mother’s home state of Texas,” said Brolin.  “During a weekend filled with so many events and parties,  I am so honored to be a part of something that raises money and gives back to the community.”

The Big Game Big Give is the largest philanthropic event of the weekend. Michael Holthouse, Founder of Paranet, Inc.,  a computer network services company, and his wife Lisa, Executive Publisher of Houston CityBook, have devoted their lives to philanthropic causes near to their hearts. For 2017, the Holthouses have chosen Lemonade Day, which focuses on serving the community with proactive programs designed to teach life skills, character & entrepreneurship, to receive a large portion of the night’s proceeds.

“After setting fundraising records in 2015 and 2016, we are looking forward to bringing this award-winning event to Houston to set a new record for 2017,” said Marc Pollick, CEO of The Giving Back Fund.

The Giving Back Fund is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing philanthropic consulting, management and administrative services to professional athletes, celebrities high net worth individuals and corporations.  The organization has worked with some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment world including Ben Roethlisberger, Justin Timberlake, Yao Ming, Arian Foster, Magic Johnson, Britney Spears, Steve Gleason, and many more.

About The Giving Back Fund

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national nonprofit organization that encourages and facilitates charitable giving by professional athletes, celebrities, high net worth individuals, existing nonprofit organizations, corporations and others who truly desire to give back. We provide philanthropic consulting, management and administrative services while operating as a flexible, convenient vehicle for establishing individual foundations and fiscally sponsored projects under a governance structure like that of a community foundation. By offering a straightforward and cost-effective approach to philanthropy, high-level expertise and professional services, and carefully targeted giving opportunities, GBF helps those who want to give back to society and to the communities that have nurtured them.


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