Posts Tagged ‘donations’

Online Gambling Entrepreneur, Calvin Ayre, to Match Haiti Relief Donations

Sunday, January 17th, 2010
Calvin Ayre

The Ways of Online Gambling Entrepreneur, Calvin Ayre

If you’ve been around the online gambling world for a long bit – even a short bit – there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the name Calvin Ayre. No, it’s not the cologne of choice for professional poker players on the WSOP tour (Although it very well could be). Calvin Ayre is the name and brand (get it, name brand?) of online gambling entrepreneur and Bodog founder, Calvin Ayre. And although having stepped down from his post behind the scenes at Bodog, Calvin Ayre has certainly remained active in the online gambling community, not to mention the playboy lifestyle that is….you guessed it….all part of the brand.

Let me first state that I have never been a huge fan of Bodog, or Calvin Ayre for that matter. It is neither here nor there for me to go into details about my lack of support (Who knows? Maybe there’s a part of me that’s jealous of the bachelor lifestyle and having “eighteen” year old girlfriends…that’s girlfriendssss, plural), however, I will say that I have since come around to embracing a more tolerant air for Ayre…pun somewhat intended. You see, I have recently come to develop a newly found respect for the billionaire, Mr. Ayre, in light of recent events. Or perhaps I should say, recent tragedy.

That said, you probably don’t even need me to mention the devastating earthquake in Haiti to know what I am referring to when I say “recent tragedy”. There is no other greater global tragedy taking place in the world RIGHT NOW than what is happening in Haiti. The tragedy is far from over, and the people of Haiti need as much help and prayer’s as they can get. And Calvin Ayre, folks, is helping out to say the least. Ayre recently blogged that he has donated 10,000 Euros to Oxfam, and is pledging to match every donation made by online gaming industry professionals up to 1 million Euros.  If that happens to be you, simply scan your Oxfam donation receipts (or those of any reputable Haitian relief fund, such as Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross etc.) to Haiti @

Here’s something else you might not know about Calvin Ayre. He has his own foundation, called the Calvin Ayre Foundation, and it’s doing some needed work in the world apart from Haiti right now – specifically in Antigua, Costa Rica and Russia. So yes, the online gambling playboy billionaire, Calvin Ayre, is also a philanthropist. Ayre’s foundation website, is worth checking out, and if you’re not offended by naked girls boobs (God knows I’m not), Ayre’s blog,, is also worth a stop-by.

Characteristic of Ayre, in his recent Haiti blog pledge, he also did some ranting and expressed his misgivings about the “ruling elite” in Haiti who have long profited off of the “innocents” in Haiti and exposed the country to extreme poverty for their own benefit. Well, cheers to speaking up to that, Mr. Ayre. There certainly is no good to come from the suffering and devastation that is happening in Haiti right now. But perhaps the world focus on one of the poorest country’s in the world, will look further beyond the earthquake in helping rebuild Haiti and the government of Haiti.