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The "1st Annual ALL IN for Butch Smith" event was in 2008 and was created by firefighters from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to raise funds for one of their own, Lt. Butch Smith, who had developed, a rare form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma: Stage 4 when discovered.   The original prognosis was grim and initially given 2 years...  He fought through that and has continued to amaze person and physician alike with his determination to beat the disease. 

That first year, Family, Friends, Businesses and Firefighters from many departments throughout Palm Beach County (and neighboring counties) joined in and successfully raised over $35,000 dollars for Butch. He has made remarkable strides and consistently battled since the 2008 event through cutting edge treatment. He pushes through a repetitive 21 days of chemo and 7 days off now for 9 years.  He continues to express his utmost gratitude for everything that's been accomplished, he has made it to nearly every event since being diagnosed.                              

About the Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund, Inc.

See the 2008 Event Photo Gallery Founded about the same time of the First Annual Event, The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund, Inc. is an organization that was created to provide assistance for firefighters that find themselves in situations like Butch's. This organization was a critical component in the success of the event in 2008. Since year 2 - the Butch Smith Poker Classic has chosen to give back to the this fund in order to help other firefighters and benevolent members that may find themselves faced with a cancer diagnosis.  There is a FUND within the FUND - called (aptly) "The Butch Smith Cancer Fund". This fund is not for Butch, it exist  100% to give back to those in need. 

A Special Delivery and Moment of connection in the 1st Annual that bears mentioning... 

Bryan Erwin (
bryanerwin.com) - a stand up comedian from Hollywood California, was contacted in 2008 by e mail to see if he would be willing provide some T shirts or Raffle items for our fund raising cause for Butch.   To our surprise, heCLICK to see FULL SIZE photo picked  up the phone and called - and said "I read what you said about your firefighter friend"   "WHATEVER you need for Butch, What can I do?".

To support the event, free of charge, he offered to create a 3rd Original Jake Puppet (from his Policeman versus Fireman comedic series) which we used as a raffle item that helped raise significant funds.  It raised A LOT of money !  AND was donated back.  Here he is Jake #3, safe and sound. 

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He then did something unexpected - he developed an original puppet episode dedicated to BUTCH, which was premiered for the first time at our 2008 event. It goes down as one of our favorite additions to the entertainment and gave Butch a much-needed morale boost! We were all honored by this offer of original work.  Amazing stuff !                               


Policeman Vs Fireman Video dedicated to Butch! (Thanks Bryan)
WARNING - Video contains adult material & bleeped out adult language not suitable for children.


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