Mission Statements:

Providing educational opportunities to empower at-risk children.


To continue a legacy founded upon passion for education, inclusion and opportunity for the underrepresented.

Phil Ivey

philiveyPhillip D. Ivey was born in Riverside, California on February 1, 1977. When he was 3 months old, his parents returned to their hometown, Roselle, New Jersey. Phil attended elementary school in Roselle, junior and high school in Edison, New Jersey and completed his senior year at Old Bridge High School. Some children grow up longing to become famous football players. Some want be Scientists. Phil instinctively knew that he wanted to be a poker player.

Phil’s grandfather, “Bud,” taught him how to play Five-Card Stud. His grandfather quickly noticed that Phil was enthusiastic about playing poker and in order to discourage him from playing poker, his grandfather used the old hustler’s trick of dealing the cards from the bottom of the deck. This lesson was meant to teach Phil about the perils of poker. However, Phil had already developed a love for the game.

When Phil turned 21, and could now legally play poker, he began to turn his ambition and dream into reality by centering and focusing his energies on becoming the world’s best poker player. To date, Phil has earned 8 World Series of poker bracelets, and is known and revered as the best poker player in the world. Phil was inducted into the Old Bridge High School Wall of Fame on June 10, 2010.

Pamela Simmons Ivey

pamelaPamela Ivey is the Founder and President of The Budding Ivey Foundation (IBF). Her desire is to continue her father’s legacy, Leonard “Bud” Simmons, by giving back to those families that are living in poverty. Pamela has been fortunate to have parents (Bud and Claudia) that instilled in her unconditional love and the need serve others.

Pamela was raised in Roselle, NJ and graduated from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH with a Bachelors of Science Degree. She is a member of the National Assoc of Professional Women, The Mesquite club and presently serves as an officer on the board of directors at Turnberry. Pamela’s leisure time consist of bowling, reading, serving in church ministries, and traveling. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her two adult children, Phil and Cheyanne.

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