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Gambling is best when it’s for a good cause, and Jessica Biel played poker against the pros recently to raise money for her charity, the Make The Difference Network. Joining her at the swanky new ‘Ivy’ hotel in San Diego was the closest man to her heart – her brother.

Reluctant to play against the pros at first, Jessica eventually sat down for a few hands before ‘losing’ all her chips to the charity.

Make The Difference Network (MTDN) is a cause-oriented social network founded by Jessica and her father. It connects nonprofit organizations with potential donors and increases awareness for small-to-medium nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to “democratize giving by increasing the visibility of thousands of nonprofit organizations and empowering potential donors to search, select and fund these organizations’ specific wishes.” Donors can then see the results of their donations on MTDN’s website.

The Make The Difference Network was inspired by a 23-year-old fan who spent over 15 years in a wheelchair due to the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy. Meeting him helped her realize that she, and in fact anybody, could make a difference in the world.

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