Tix on sale for April 11 BWAA dinner

Tickets are on sale for the 88th annual Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) awards dinner on April 11 at Capitale in New York City.

The dinner is open to fight fans, and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire, who fights on April 13 in NYC, will be in attendance. NYFightblog will also be soaking up the scene, so if you attend, please tap me on Twitter (@Woodsy1069) and let me know so I can say hello.

Tickets are priced at $200 per person, $150 for BWAA members. Tables of 10 are $2,000. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $400 per person and $4,000 for a table of 10. VIP tickets include premium seat at dinner, photo opportunity with honorees and a special VIP gift. Payment must be received no later than March 31.

"The response to the upcoming banquet has been great," BWAA president Jack Hirsch said. "By now people understand that the BWAA dinner serves as the Academy Awards of our sport. We have an exceptional list of honorees, but our list of presenters is awesome as well. That will be made public before the dinner. Everyone attending the dinner receives a gift bag which has a total value close to the price of the dinner ticket.

"From a social perspective, the annual BWAA dinner is by far our sports best social evening of the year. We always sell out in New York. I strongly advise anyone planning to attend to buy their tickets early."

• Cocktails are available at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. ET by dinner and the awards ceremony.

• Bernie Award Winners for boxing writing will also be announced and presented.

• A silent auction will be held. Those donating items for the silent auction will be listed in the event journal and may display their business cards or promotional material on the silent auction table.

• For further information, go online to www.bwaa.org or email Gina Andriolo at ginaandcom@aol.com or Jack Hirsch at ajhirsch5@aol.com.