During the 13th annual Fight Night, there was no lack of drama. From the bout in the ring to the head-turning action of the auction, there was plenty that you had to get your fists up for. Whether you were throwing punches or paddles, there was no denying the success of the evening. With over $360K raised for the Marconi Foundation for Kids, all expectations were totally knocked out.
Celebs that attended the event included Holt McCallany (Fight Club, Three Kings, Men of Honor and Below) who gave pointers to the pros — his younger brother was a Golden Gloves champ — while reminding the attendees why he made the cut for the FX drama Lights Out. Indy 500 all-stars Al Unser, Sr., a four-time Indy 500 winner and Johnny Rutherford, who is ranked 5th on the all-time Indianapolis 500 win list were also in the audience enjoying the bout in the ring. Reality star Gretchen Sheckler, who manager of famed skater Ryan Allen Sheckler on MTV’s hit show, Life of Ryan, was also on hand to lend support.
“Fight Night has come to be known as more than a premiere sporting event, it is a fundraising initiative that has benefited so many valuable causes for more than a decade with the help of many sports figures and celebrities – and this year was no different with automobile racing legends, actors, and even heavyweight boxing contender Joe Hanks,” commented Priscilla “Bo” Marconi, who, with her husband, entrepreneur Dick Marconi, has been producing Fight Night for 13 years, and raises $1 million annually for at-risk children through the Marconi Foundation for Kids. “With this as our 13th event, we only see the future getting brighter for our fundraising goals.”
In addition to the Marconi Foundation for Kids, the event was also in support of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which delivers more than 50,000 hearing aids annually through more than 100 hearing missions a year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.