‘CHICAGO’S FINEST’ GET IN RING FOR BATTLE OF THE BADGES
Chicago Police and Firefighter Square-Off in 12 Boxing Bouts for Charity Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel To Ceremonial Open the Fights
WHAT: The 9th Annual “Battle of the Badges” Charity Boxing Tournament will put Chicago Firefighters and Chicago Police in the ring together for 12 bouts. At stake: bragging rights amongst “Chicago’s finest” public servants. To stranger to tough public fights, Chicago Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel will ceremoniously introduce the fights.
All 12 scheduled bouts will be fought following the USA Boxing amateur rules and will last up to three rounds. Boxers are matched by age, weight and experience.
WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2011
6-8PM: Chicago Park District Youth and Amateur Bouts
8PM: Chicago Firefighters and Chicago Police Bouts begin
WHERE: De La Salle Institute
3455 S. Wabash
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WHY: The annual event raises money to benefit Chicago Police and Fire charities. “Our civil servicemen are often unheralded for their sacrifices,” said Lt. Gill of the Chicago Police Department. “This event benefits the men and women who served and helped make Chicago a safer place. But don’t be fooled, this is a showdown and we are here to win.”
“This event continues to bring the police and fire communities and general public together,” said Tom Ryan, president of Chicago Firefighters Local 2. “Over 3,000 people came out and supported us last year. It’s of course great fun to watch our guys beat down the cops, but more importantly it spotlights our collective charities that benefit the families of our fallen servicemen.”
Proceeds will benefit The Chicago Police Memorial Fund, Gold Badge Society, Ignite the Spirit, Fire Chaplains Ministry, Fire Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund.
-$15 in advance
-$20 at the door
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