Fight Night and Knock Out Abuse Charity Events Score Record Highs | Arts & Culture
November 10, 2011—Washington, DC. Downtown Washington was a buzz Thursday night for the annual Fight Night for Children and Knock Abuse charity events. Each year Washingtonians flock to these pricey events for the best in entertainment, fine dining and networking all wrapped up with a huge philanthropic bow on it.
Fight for Children’s “Fight Night”, hit an all time high raising a total of $450 million dollars in its 22 year existence all in support of DC inner city children for educational and health programs. Thousands of men dressed in tuxedos flooded the lavish event held at the Washington Hilton each year. The evening started off with a silent auction full of exclusive sports memorabilia and an open bar networking reception with high profile politicians, businessman and of course past heavy weight champions of the world. This year even included an interactive Wii game for guests to box each other on. The main event was complete with beautiful women in ball gowns serving several course meals to guests as they sat back and enjoyed an open bar, a live band and of course those signature cigars! After dinner, guests were entertained with a laser show, the lovely Redskinette Cheerleaders and then a surprise performance by the Commodores. The evening was not complete without a special dedication to recently deceased champion Joe Frazier who attended the event each year as well as some heart filled touching remarks from Fight Night founder and Chairman Joe Robert who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Even from his wheel chair he was able to inspire the audience, “For twenty two years this event has made a positive difference in the lives of children. I am not sure how long I will be here but as long as God allows me to stay I will continue to fight. The best is yet to come!”, exclaimed Robert. Robert donated an additional $5 million dollars to the charity that evening. The evening concluded with three exciting boxing matches.
Right across the way at the luxurious Ritz Carlton, the Knock Out Abuse Gala which raises money each year to fight domestic violence, took off with a different type of bang this year. Knock Out Abuse since its inception has raised upwards of $7 million dollars to fight domestic violence. Women were escorted as expected by nicely dressed gentlemen down the stairs to the event but then were greeted with a Caribbean “St. Tropez” theme full of umbrellas, cabanas, cocktails and of course half-dressed cabana boys. The ladies events included a lavish reception with an open bar, delicious hors d'œuvres and exciting raffle items. Guests then enjoyed a lavish meal while being entertained by live music and a live auction items which included exciting items like a chance to go on a date with former Redskins player Clinton Portis. This year’s event was emceed by WUSA 9 weekday morning anchor Andrea Roane and chaired by Westin Rinehart Group co-founder Jaci Wilson Reid.
Later that evening both events converged into one event for a spectacular after party that went it to the early hours of the next morning as guests celebrated another great philanthropic night in Washington while showing the world how giving back can be so much fun.