Irreverent humanitarian, Anna Benson, is not just another pretty face; she is a woman to be seen and heard. She balances her time between photo shoots, appearances, interviews, and charitable endeavors, to stay as busy as she can. Anna has been able to create a stir among a lot of people. Her personality and wittiness demand attention. Now, with an upcoming TV show in the works, Anna is primed to once again take center stage. She’s been very blessed in the past, and has had the opportunity to hone her skills on some of the biggest of stages, but her best work is yet to come.
Anna has been featured in several major national publications, including FHM magazine, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. Her sharp wit and bold assertions make her a New York Post Page 6 and Daily News favorite. She's also had the ultimate honor of being featured on the cover of The Sporting News. She's the only female non-athlete to ever accomplish this in the 100 years of the publication’s history. Beyond that, Anna has been a centerpiece in the poker publication, PLAYER Magazine. Her website has a track record of generating tremendous interest. Calculations have shown her web traffic surpassed the websites of Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, and Jenny McCarthy, combined. In some articles, she has been noted as the most famous wife in MLB history since Marilyn Monroe.
Everyone has read about Anna in the tabloids and blogs; however, Anna's strongest presence is felt when she can get in front of the camera. Over the years she has been showcased on episodes, or sat in on panel discussions. Some of her work includes, Best Damn Sports Show, The Neil Cavuto Show, Cold Pizza, and the O'Reilly Factor. She was also featured a couple times on VH1's highest rated show, the Fabulous Life - both on Celebrity Wives and My Coolest Years: The First Time. On the show, Anna showed just how quick and funny she can be when given a platform.
Away from the camera and media attention, Anna even discovered a fun new hobby: Texas Hold'em. After a crash course on the game and only thirty days of practice, Anna competed in the 2005 World Series of Poker. Anna The Gold Digger. WPT Champion Tuan Le acquiesced that, "Anna has a natural instinct for the game; I think she will develop into a great poker player." In 2006, Anna competed in the WSOP again, and out lasted seventy percent of the field.
But this pretty poker diva donates more than mere good looks. Her namesake charity, Benson's Battalion, is a nonprofit organization devoted to fighting terrorism in local communities. Founded in October of 2001 with her husband, former Major League Baseball pitcher Kris Benson, the Battalion has assisted numerous police departments, fire departments, and Emergency Medical Services. The Battalion has funded equipment, supplies, and education. The Battalion was created in response to September 11, 2001. After donating $50,000.00 to the Red Cross and United Way, Anna and Kris still wanted to do more, and the Battalion allows them to stay actively involved in the protection of their communities. Senator Melissa Hart honored Benson's Battalion in congress in the early part of 2004.
The Battalion wasn’t the only hands on charitable involvement Anna was involved in over the years. She’s contributed countless hours to several charities, The Salvation Army, and St. Barnabas Hospital, where she once presided over "Presents for Patients" for four years. However, it is The Children's Hospital that remains particularly close to Anna's heart because it allows her to bring joy to children who have otherwise experienced so much pain. While the media likes to portray her in a different light sometimes, this side of Anna goes unnoticed for the most part. She is a true humanitarian with a heart of gold and is always trying to make life better for society as much as she can. Anna has also been recognized in appreciation for the work she did for the Baltimore Police Department, and has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Army Forces Central Command in Saudi Arabia.
But true, don’t get it wrong, this Georgia peach isn't always as sweet as she seems. A fiery personality coupled with a passion for human rights, women's issues, and especially children's issues, has earned Anna a reputation of a tell-it-like-it-is bombshell. This was demonstrated in the infamous, still talked about interview with Howard Stern. This passion and tenacity reaches into every facet of Anna's life. Inspired by the athleticism of her husband, Anna has become serious about health and fitness over the years. She educated herself and transformed her diet and workout regimen to meet the demands of her schedule. She has even become involved in Extreme Fighting, which is yet another example of her all-out approach to life. She enjoys the mental, physical, and medical benefits of a healthy lifestyle and encourages everyone around her to do the same. Anna’s had some unlucky breaks in the past few years, and has had to back off on a lot of things she used to do while she deals with the recovery from her October 2010 and May 2011 foot surgeries. Hopefully, after one more upcoming surgery, she’ll be able to get back to being more involved in the activities she always enjoyed doing. With her ability to reach a vast and diverse group of women, Anna intends to share her stories and knowledge in order to inspire women to achieve their individual goals.
Finally, while juggling the free time she has, she tries to dedicate as much time towards spending quality time with her husband and raising her four wonderful children. Over the years, Anna has put an emphasis on spending time and energy on the ones she cares about the most, and who care about her, her family and friends. Life’s short, enjoy it while you can, and don’t worry about making mistakes when you can make history.
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