Boston--(On March 24th Haymakers for Hope made their campaign live on Fundraise.com; 47 days later they have raised over $50,000 and there are still have 44 days until fight night…)--
On June 23rd, 20011 Haymakers for Hope, Fundraise.com and Smith & Wollensky will transform the Park Plaza Castle at Columbus Ave into a heated boxing arena to raise money to benefit Dana Farber and The Jimmy Fund; an exciting and new type of event in comparison to Boston’s typical charity party offerings.
The idea was born in the fall of 2009 when Julie Anne Kelly and Andrew Myerson embarked on the grueling training process to compete in the New York City Golden Gloves. Julie was looking to defend her title, while Andrew was trying to win his first. Somewhere in the process, the pair decided the physical, mental, and emotional test of competing against the country’s best amateur boxers wasn’t enough – they also wanted to raise money for cancer research, making the tournament an opportunity to literally fight for a cure.
Both originally from the Boston area, Julie (a cancer survivor) and Andrew approached Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund with the idea and “Haymakers for Hope” was born. In 2009 the pair raised over $5,000 and Julie defended her title.
This year they’re scaling things up - expanding Haymakers for Hope by organizing competitive boxing events around the city of Boston. For the June event, men and women of all developmental stages were targeted to participate with the goal of putting on a great show and raising money for charity. Fighters are matched in size, athletic ability, and skill in USA Boxing sanctioned matches for friends, family, and co-workers to see. The events are meant to be competitive but fun, with everyone walking away a winner even in a loss.
For more information on the event or to donate visit the Haymakers for Hope page on Fundraise.com: https://www.fundraise.com/haymakers-for-hope
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