Because the first thing you think about upon hearing children's charity is gambling, Mel Gibson, Martin Sheen and other Hollywood stars are getting together for a celebrity poker tournament to support Mending Kids. The international charity organization "provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide. Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformational surgeries that have given them another chance at a longer, healthier life. Most of the surgeries performed are for congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis and significant cranial facial deformities," says Mending Kids's website.
Gibson, who -- as you may have heard -- has had a rough five-ish years, is on the receiving end of a slight image makeover in recent weeks. In addition to hosting the Mending Kids charity event (it's an organization he's apparently long championed), Gibson was at the center of an impassioned plea from Robert Downey Jr. at the American Cinematheque awards back in October.

"Mel and I have the same lawyer, same publicist and same shrink," Downey Jr. said during his acceptance speech for the award on Oct. 14. "I couldn't get hired and he cast me. He said if I accepted responsibility – he called it hugging the cactus – long enough, my life would take meaning. And if he helped me, I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to assume the next guy would be him."

Back in November, Gibson also participated in a Funny or Die video with Jamie Foxx, Ben Stiller and Garry Shandling; the clip subsequently went viral.

According to, the Mending Kids charity poker tournament only has 28 spots, with a $2500 buy-in price.


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