GENE TO HOST 2011 SALUTE TO THE TROOPS
November 11, 2010
DALLAS - KISS rock legend Gene Simmons, star of A&E's Reality Series Gene Simmons' Family Jewels will host 1,000 Texas servicemen and women and more than 3,500 partygoers at the 2011 Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops, a benefit supporting The Wounded Warrior Project and the USO. It is the first major event of the big game week in Dallas and takes place at Fair Park's Centennial Hall, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Aces and Angels will feature live performances in part by multi-platinum Grammy-nominated artist Five for Fighting, ACM Vocal Group of the Year Little Texas, and many others. Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops will also play host the $100,000 Texas State Poker Championships where the winner will advance to represent the State of Texas at the World Series of Poker. The first 100 ticket purchasers will receive $100 off general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to www.aces-angels.org or call 214-440-3936.

"There is one man who will blow the roof off Dallas and that man is Gene Simmons. This is absolutely the one event that you definitely don't want to miss," said Executive Producer Michael Eakman.

Simmons will be personally escorting a select group of servicemen from Ft. Hood to Dallas for the Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops via caravan and hosting a small group of injured troops at the big game. His Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops Dallas visit will be documented for his A&E reality series Gene Simmonsí Family Jewels, and Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops attendees will experience the live filming of the one of the episodes.

Also performing are the 2010 Bluegrass Artist of the Year The Grascals and 4Troops, a quartet made up of military veterans featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and Game 4 of the 2010 World Series. The event, which will also feature top celebrities from Hollywood and Nashville, top professional athletes, comedians, and celebrity poker players, includes a red carpet arrival, Vegas-style casino games, hosted bar, four and five-star gourmet food, VIP lounge, cigar lounge, VIP cabanas, and silent & live auctions.

Celebrities at past Aces and Angels Events include Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, Shannon Elizabeth, Derek Hough, Dane Cook, Annie Duke, Hal Sparks, and more. In the coming weeks, more celebrities will be added and a surprise superstar will be added to the existing concert line-up. This year for the first-time ever, Aces and Angels will be unveiling a one-of-a-kind Gene Simmons Salute to the Troops Custom Chopper at the event.

The Texas State Poker Tournament, including a prize package worth $100,000, will be hosted this year by Jamie Gold, Scotty Nguyen, and Kenna James. Six hundred Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops ticketholders may enter the Texas State Tournament, which starts at 11 a.m. on February 2, 2011 at Centennial Hall, at no charge. The Texas Shoot-Out style tournament is designed so that if you win your table you will advance and have the chance to play the championship round with Gene Simmons and Phil Hellmuth and celebrity players like Shannon Elizabeth, Jennifer Leigh, Tiffany Michelle, Liz Liu, Trishelle Cannatella, Kim Kardashian, Dane Cook, and more during the Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops Event. The winner of the championship round will represent the State of Texas at the World Series of Poker.

Aces and Angels began in 2007 and to date has raised more than $427,000 for various non-profit organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project (WPP) and the USO. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors.