Fight Night 2015, a black-tie gala that raises money for the non-profit organization Fight for Children, brought in a record total of 5.1 million dollars that will help underprivileged youth gain access to high-quality healthcare and education. The annual event took place last week at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Avenue), and featured live boxing matches and world-class performances. Since 1990, Fight Night has raised over 120 million dollars to help low-income children secure a brighter future.
In attendance at Fight Night 2015 were prominent boxers, professional athletes and celebrities including Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Larry Holmes, Gerry Cooney, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Leon Spinks, Earnie Shavers, Cam F. Awesome, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, actor Omar Miller, and NFL stars Pierre Garcon, Kyle Arrington, Jamison Crowder, Mike Campanaro, Doug Williams and LaVar Arrington. The entertainment was provided by show business legend Frank Sinatra Jr. and the Orchestra, starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra.
The live boxing part of the evening began with Georgetown University and Maryland University facing off in a series of exhibition matches. Followed by a WBC Welterweight Championship fight that saw Jaime Herrera defeat Javier Flores in a fierce 10-round contest. Fight Night also included a tribute to Muhammad Ali and celebration of the 40th anniversary of his famous “Thrilla in Manila” victory over Joe Frazier. Hana Ali was present to accept honors for her father.
Joseph E. Robert, Jr., created Fight Night 25 years ago to benefit Fight for Children and the many community service institutions it supports financially. Mr. Robert died in 2011, but Raul Fernandez (Fight for Children chairman and vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment) and Kevin Plank (Under Armour CEO and founder) made sure the event would continue to flourish. With the generous assistance and sponsorship of Under Armour, last year’s Fight Night ($4.7 million) was one of most successful in the history of the affair. And this year’s total raised the bar to an even more impressive level of charity.
Featured Fight Night 2015 partners and contributors are the National Football League, Baltimore Ravens, University of Maryland, MGM National Harbor, Federal Express, Quicken Loans, Goldman Sachs, Fernandez Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, United Arab Emirates, Needle Craft, Ramatex Group, SWaN Legend, War Horse, Whiting-Turner Contracting, Classic Fashion, Little King, FedEx, FTI Consulting, Jowett Group, New Holland Apparel, Regina Miracle, SAP, SL Global, United Creations LLC, CA Technologies, Zentrix, Richard Kay/Robert Hisaoka, Washington Friends, APS Global, Avery Dennison, Bestex, Sports City, Sintex, YMU Global, Climatex, Eclat, Bodynits Group, Gildan, Unimark and NCTA.