2017 GREAT Futures GALA

Registration Info

Our Gala is reimagined, and greater than ever. Join Boys & Girls Club alum, and legendary boxer, Evander Holyfield, for a special evening of memories. Hear his tale of growing up in the Club, and the beginnings of his passion for boxing. This formal event is set to be in the DreamchasersRV showroom (1550 Walton Dr., Burlington, WA 98233)

Great Futures Gala
Friday, November 3, 5:30pm
DreamchasersRV Showroom (1550 Walton Dr., Burlington, WA 98233)

$200 per person
$1,500 for a reserved table of 10

Consider sponsoring the GREAT Futures GALA. View the Sponsorship Brochure.

Please RSVP by registering online or contact Ian Faley at 360-419-3723 x7 or ifaley@skagitclubs.org.

 

Born on October 19, 1962, in Atmore, Alabama, Evander is often referred to as “the Real Deal,” Holyfield, the only four-time world heavyweight champion. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and took boxing lessons as a child at the local Boys & Girls Club. He competed as an amateur in the Golden Gloves competitions in the early 1980s. After winning a national Golden Gloves Championship in 1984, Holyfield made the U.S. Olympic team where he received the bronze medal.

After the Olympics, Holyfield turned professional and won the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) World Cruiserweight title in 1986 by defeating the reigning champion Dwight Qawi. Holyfield trained hard to become big enough and strong enough to compete as a heavyweight fighter. In 1990, he became Heavyweight Champion of the World, defeating James “Buster” Douglas, the holder of the WBA, International Boxing Federation (IBF), and World Boxing Council (WBC) championship titles. Holyfield took out Douglas in only seven minutes.

Holyfield’s intense rivalry with boxer Riddick Bowe began in the early 1990s when he suffered a big defeat to Bowe in 1992, losing his title. It was his first loss in twenty-nine professional fights. After briefly contemplating retirement, Holyfield was back in the ring and anxious to reclaim his title. He did just that when he got his rematch with Bowe in 1993, winning by decision.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are honored to welcome Mr. Holyfield, as we kickoff our reimagined fall event, the “Great Futures Gala”, on Friday, November 3rd at DreamchasersRV in Burlington. Clubs make a unique difference in the lives of youth we serve, more than 1,700 in direct programs this year. To accomplish this, significant resources must be secured, and our community has come to expect greatness at Club events, and this night will be no different.

This, our 20th year of serving kids throughout Skagit County, is a special one, and we are excited to once again be innovative in our approach to events and fundraising. Join us for an evening of wonderful food and fellowship, featuring our traditional social hour activities, a VIP area for direct engagement with Mr. Holyfield for some sponsors and guests, a three item live auction, and most importantly, keynote address from a champion who knows what opportunities Boys & Girls Clubs can provide.

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