The Boys and Girls Clubs around the country are best known for fighting for the future of our youth, particularly those in most need of having someone in their corner. As their mission statement says, they aim “to enable all young people, especially those who need us more, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Walton County has a very active Boys and Girls Club, as detailed by Lori Duff in the latest issue of Walton Living Magazine. But that takes a lot of resources and fundraising needs to get creative in order to achieve all the programs they offer. The latest fundraiser, set to take place this Saturday on the Campus of George Walton Academy, has taken on the mantra “Fight for the Future” and those putting on the gloves for this good cause need the community in their corner.
There will be seven matches, with former Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield tapped to be a guest referee. Headlining the event is Walton County Boys and Girls Club Board Chair Ross Bradley facing off against Bob Mackey, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia.
“I was ‘volun-told’ I was going to square up with Bob ‘the Mountain,’ Mackey! I don’t have a background in boxing, but I trained in Mixed Martial Arts for a quick stent during my early years of college, and I played competitive Rugby for a while,” Bradley said in an interview for Walton Living Magazine. “There is a certain excitement associated with the primal contest of something like Boxing. If we can raise money for the future of our Next Generation, and I can get in the ring with Evander Holyfield all in the same night, why not? Bob Mackey, our CEO, is a big, strong leader in our organization, but I like my chances.”
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 on the campus of George Walton Academy located at 1 Bulldog Drive in Monroe. Click or tap on this link to find out how you can find out who else is going to take their chances in the ring and how to get tickets or sponsor the event. Tickets are $25 each.