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The Calvin Ayre Foundation Pledges to Match Gaming Industry Donations

LONDON, January 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Calvin Ayre sends a personal message to the online gambling industry to help out in Haiti:

"It is a disaster in Haiti. I know they have had a tough go from Mother Nature recently, hurricanes and now this earth quake, I cannot help but be disgusted with the ruling elite that has driven this country down like this while, no doubt, filling their own pockets. That all said the innocents as always are paying a horrendous price for this elite thievery and I think the global online gaming community has a duty to do something.

I have asked my Foundation to send and GBP10,000 to UK based Oxfam ( to help with Hatian relief efforts.

But that's not all...I also want to challenge the rest of this industry to also contribute to Oxfam to help out in Haiti...and my private foundation will match any proven payment to Oxfam by an online gaming person up to $1,000,000.

Let's go guys....everyone making money has a duty to help." Visit: try-help-haiti/2010/01/14/ for the full story.

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About Calvin Ayre:

Calvin Ayre is the founder of the Bodog online gaming and entertainment brand, which he developed and launched in 1994.

As the face of the Bodog brand, Ayre's notoriety skyrocketed in the mid-2000's as online gaming's popularity surged. Ayre's public profile went mainstream when he was featured as the cover story for Forbes Magazine's 2006 annual "Billionaires" edition, leading to being featured in People Magazine's "Hottest Bachelor" list a few months later, and Star Magazine's "Most Eligible Billionaire Bachelors" list in late 2007.

Ayre received a Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in General Sciences from the University of Waterloo in 1984, where he played defense for the varsity hockey team. In 1989, Ayre was also awarded an MBA in Management Finance from City University in Seattle, Washington.

In 1994, Ayre sold everything he owned and with $10,000 to his name he assembled his team and launched the original Bodog.

Ayre retains an interest in the brand licensing organization, which owns and licenses the Bodog brand to various "brand licensees" in the entertainment sector.

In November, 2009, Ayre launched, a "tabloid blog" or "tablog" targeted at the online gaming industry.

Calvin Ayre Foundation

Founded in 2005, the Calvin Ayre Foundation, headquartered in Antigua, is a private and independent foundation with a charter to do charitable work worldwide. With Ayre as Chairman, the Foundation has pledged millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in support of individuals, communities and charitable organizations throughout the world. Included among those charities are the Fisher House Foundation, the LA Lakers Youth Foundation, the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Animal Avengers Organization, and the Sean McCauley Hope Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. In 2007 the Calvin Ayre Foundation announced a program with the World Society for the Protection of Animals to combat the practice of farming Asian bears for their bile for the Traditional Chinese Medicine market.

The Calvin Ayre Foundation's own initiatives include the Sponsor a School Project, which provides students living in underdeveloped nations opportunities for a quality education, and the Sponsor a Family Project, which provides financial support for the immediate families of sponsored students.

For more on the foundation go to or call Calvin Ayre's Press Office (London) on +44-7825-064776.


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