Sigma Kappa Sorority will be holding its annual poker tournament, Sigma Hold’em, to benefit the Sigma Kappa Foundation and Alzheimer’s Research Fund on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 at SkyBar Café in downtown Auburn.

At the tournament, players will play traditional Texas Hold’em. There will be a women’s-only tournament starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 20 and two general tournament rounds starting that day at 6 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. Another round will be held on Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. with the winner’s round starting at 9 p.m.

The event hits close to home for Sigma Kappa President Ahnalies Vannette.

“We are raising money for Alzheimer’s research, a disease I lost my grandpa to a few months ago,” Vannette said. “Last year, when he saw that 250 girls were raising money and putting on (an) event to raise money for this, he was so incredibly humbled and appreciative. Alzheimer’s affects so many of our girls in one way or another, and I am so proud to be a part of this organization and this event.”

Registration is $15 for the ladies-only tournament, $20 for the general tournament and $25 for the general tournament on both days. All registrations include a T-shirt.

Winners can receive prizes such as a YETI cooler, an iPad, an Apple Watch, gift cards, gift baskets and more. The tournament is open to both Auburn students and members of the Auburn community, but participants must be 19 years old or older.

Last year, the sorority raised more than $23,000.

“I had the opportunity to work with our vice president of Philanthropy last year planning Sigma Hold’em, and I really enjoyed it,” said Bailey Klipsch, vice president of Philanthropic Services of Sigma Kappa. “I’m so honored to serve as the VP of Philanthropy this year and am working hard to make Sigma Hold’em just as successful as it was last year.”

The event is also personal for Klipsch because her great-grandmother had the disease.

“Raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research means so much to me,” Klipsch said. “Sigma Hold’em is such a fun way to support a great cause. We’re so thankful for everyone who participates and plays a role in making this such an effective event.”

For more information or to register for the event, contact Klipsch at

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