Monday, November 12, 2012
Golden Boy pledges Sandy relief
By Dan Rafael
When Antonio DeMarco defends his lightweight title against former junior lightweight titlist Adrien Broner on Saturday night (HBO, 10 ET) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., it will be the first boxing show in the city since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Jersey shore.
After the storm hit two weeks ago, there were initial questions about whether the show would even take place. But it will go on, and Golden Boy -- which is promoting the card that also will feature a heavyweight showdown between Seth Mitchell and Johnathon Banks -- and host casino Caesars Atlantic City are chipping in to help those impacted by the hurricane, as well as helping support the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Golden Boy announced it will donate $2 for every ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout registered during the card, with Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya and Caesars Atlantic City matching the donation.
Several of the area Boys and Girls Clubs were heavily damaged, forcing them to close facilities that directly impact youth and their families in the area.
In addition to the monetary pledges, Golden Boy is donating tickets to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, and Broner and Mitchell are scheduled to visit one of the clubs Wednesday.
"We are hoping that the Broner versus DeMarco fight will afford people the opportunity to forget their worries for an evening and enjoy this great night of boxing," Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said in a statement. "At the same time, we understand the severity of the situation and would be remiss not to make a donation to help those directly affected by this terrible storm. With Oscar and Caesars Atlantic City providing matching donations, we feel very positive that our collective donation will help to make a difference."
Said De La Hoya: "The people of Atlantic City are in need now, and I am happy to join in the effort and make my own contribution in order to help some of the people affected by Sandy. A world of good can happen when everyone comes together to give back to people who are in need."
"Sandy not only breached the walls of the Boys and Girls Club, but the lives of each and every member here in Atlantic City," said John Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Resort, the parent of Caesars Atlantic City. "So it's with great honor that I announce this donation to an organization that embodies the never-give-up attitude of New Jersey. We will not sit idly by and allow anything to compromise these impressionable youths."