Celebrities & Voice Over Artists Ante Up for SAG Foundation Poker Classic

Annual fundraiser benefits the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab

WHAT: The 3rd annual Screen Actors Guild Foundation Poker Classic is the major fundraiser for the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab, a SAG Foundation facility that hosts free workshops, seminars and demonstrations by leading industry experts as well as offers a fully equipped sound studio to union voice over artists to work on their craft, demos and auditions. The annual benefit is more than just a poker tournament; it is the single largest gathering of voice over artists in one location and includes an outdoor party with food, drinks, music, games and a silent auction. Watch the Poker Classic sizzle reel here.

According to Joe Cipriano, the voice of FOX, CBS, and the Emmy and Grammy Awards, “It’s the voice over night of the year.”

WHO: Celebrities and voice over artists include: Jeff Garlin (‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Voice of Buttercup in ‘Toy Story 3,’ Voice of the Captain in ‘WALL E’), Bob Bergen (Emmy-nominated Voice of Porky Pig), Richard Burgi (‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Body of Proof,’), Joe Cipriano (Voice of FOX, CBS, Emmy and Grammy Awards), Howard Cogan (Voice of ABC), Townshend Coleman (Voice of Michaelangelo in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’), Martin Cove (‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey’), Tony Denison (‘The Closer,’ ‘Major Crimes’), Melissa Disney (Voice of Ginger Footley in ‘As Told by Ginger’), Dave Fennoy (Voice of, Stew Herrera (Voice of ‘Ellen,’ commercials), Vinnie Jones (‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ ‘Snatch’), Richard Karn (‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Family Feud,’ ‘Last Man Standing’), Ted Lange (‘The Love Boat’), Paul Pape (Voice of the Obama campaign, movie trailers, television promos), Jim Pratt (Voice of Hallmark Channel, TLC and CBS), Rino Romano (Voice of NBC, Lifetime Network), Scott Rummell (Voice of ‘Pirates of Caribbean’ and ‘Super 8’ trailers, ABC, CBS), Bill Ratner (Voice of KABC-TV, movie trailers), Christopher Redman (‘Ginger Snaps,’ ’88 Minutes,’ ‘Catch and Release’), Steve Stone (Voice of CNN promos), Randy Thomas (Voice of the Academy Awards, ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ ‘The Insider’), Sylvia Villagran (Voice of ‘The Doctors,’ ‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel of Fortune’), Barry Zate (Voice of ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Show,’ ‘The Tyra Banks Show’) and more.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 24, 2013, 5:00-10:00p.m.

  • 5pm – Media check-in
  • 5pm-6pm – Talent arrivals, Doors open
  • 6pm – Poker tournament begins

WHERE: An exclusive location at the Original Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles, CA

Location will be given upon RSVP.

About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the SAG Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions to maintain our programs and create new ones. For more information, visit