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Stanley Tomchin's Charitable 'Surprise Giving Tour'

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/29/14 -- What better way to share your Christmas joy than sharing it with those in need, especially children?! So Hilliary Heard, Fund Director of the foundation set up by Stanley Tomchin, and Winnie Schulman, President of the Board, set out to spread happiness by supporting four local foundations in and around Las Vegas in their "Surprise Giving Tour." Recipients included St. Judes Ranch for Children, City Impact Center, Communities in Schools and Safe Nest, each of which was awarded $10,000 on the spot. Hilliary Heard was extremely moved by the thankfulness and tears of joy with which the generous donations were met. On top of that, the fund also partnered with local businesses to create a matching grant for foundations, joining hands with Dave Courvoisier from Channel 8, matching the station's donations.

Tomchin's fund also matched donations from Square Salon who partnered with Foundations Angel Tree Program CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). They raised over $9,500 to provide hundreds of foster children in Las Vegas with a great Christmas. "Those kids have been taken from their homes due to violence or neglect, and the resources are limited so this goes a long way to make the foster families have a great Christmas," said Kathy Espin, chairperson for CASA-4-CASA. Achieving this little goal is only part of the bigger mission that Stanley Tomchin set for the fund when he created it in 2011.

Stan, a generous philanthropist with a love for Las Vegas and a passion for helping people, set up the fund to specialize in identifying local, non-profit organizations and businesses that focus on improving the lives of children and families by addressing basic human needs, health care, education, arts and athletics in the community. Their agile approach to strategic philanthropy is the hallmark of what effective community foundations do and helps to improve Nevada's health, education, arts and quality of life sectors, and provides resources necessary for addressing Nevada's most crucial issues to effect social change and care in the community.

Stanley Tomchin is known as the world's most successful professional games player who is now using his good fortune to support several philanthropic causes. Starting out as a chess, bridge and backgammon wiz, who represented the United States in the bridge Olympiad, he used his talents and luck to make his way in the gaming industry, leading to worldwide fame and a successful career. He was raised on Long Island, New York and after traveling and working in places all around the world, from London to the Caribbean to the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, where he spent two weeks playing backgammon with Hugh Hefner, he finally settled in California where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Recognizing how lucky he was in doing what he loves, Tomchin is dedicating his life to supporting charities and donating to good causes, helping those who are less fortunate, supported by his sister Joy Tomchin, who has been an active supporter of charities for more than twenty years.

Stanley Tomchin Blog: http://www.stanleytomchin.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanley-Tomchin/592476647495756

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/StanleyTomchin

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