Flying Squirrels Press Release

 

JUDGES ANNOUCNED FOR CHARITY BIG GLOVES BOXING THROWDOWN

JUDGES ANNOUCNED FOR CHARITY BIG GLOVES BOXING THROWDOWN

Donuts, Publishing and Beers Lend Services for Inaugural Event

 

RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are excited to announce the three celebrity judges have been announced for the inaugural Charity Big Gloves Boxing Throwdown on Saturday, May 17th at The Diamond presented by Richmond.com. Publisher and President of the Richmond Times- Dispatch Tom Silvestri, Mekong’s Chief Beer Officer (CBO) An Bui and Sugar Shack Donuts General Manager of Donut Awesomeness Michael Goins will lend their services as the official judging trio of the event. Additionally, several new matches have been announced that include the RVA Beard League and The Source House of Shoes as well as a pair of  interns fighting for a dozen donuts (newly announced matches are italicized below). The event participants range from all areas of the Richmond spectrum in an effort to raise money for Operation Renovation, a dedicated community impact project to renovate 12 Richmond youth baseball facilities. Event gates open at 5:00PM with the bouts scheduled from 6:00-8:00PM. Happy Hour drink specials are available for the entire event. Tickets for the event are $10 and available at www.squirrelsbaseball.com 

 

“It’s been amazing to see the support from all over the RVA to raise money for such an impactful cause,” Flying Squirrels Media Relations Manager & Big Gloves Boxing Throwdown Coordinator Jay Burnham stated. “This event is philanthropic, fun, weird and entertaining. It’s Richmond.”   

 

About the Judges:

 

Tom Silvestri Is the President and Publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Vice President of the Richmond Group, BH Media Group. In June 2012, BH Media Group named Tom to its leadership team as the vice president of its new Richmond Group, reporting to WME President Doug Hiemstra. He was named president and publisher of The Times-Dispatch, Media General’s second largest newspaper in January 2005. As an advocate for the importance of journalism, Tom is a former deputy managing editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he helped create three news departments and several stand-alone sections, and launched a training program that attracted national attention for its breadth and reality-based approach. Before joining the Times-Dispatch, Tom was a reporter and editor for the Gannett Westchester (N.Y.) Newspapers

 

An “Mekong” Bui is the CBO (Chief Beer Officer) of Mekong Restaurant. Since 1995, under An’s guidance’s, Mekong has received numerous award and recognition as one of America’s Best Beer Bars due to their beer offerings and affordable food pairings. An’s slogan “Beer is the Answer” is known throughout the region and his affable smile and personality is an RVA staple. An is developing his own small batch brewery adjacent to Mekong that will appropriately be called “The Answer”.

 

Michael Goins is the General Manager of Donut Awesomeness at Sugar Shack Donuts. Since opening in June of 2013 Sugar Shack Donuts (located on Lombardy St.) has taken Richmond by storm with their delicious and often adventurous donut selections. Goins has been running the ship alongside owner Ian Kelley as the company prepares to open a second location downtown. Goins and Sugar Shack will graciously be providing a dozen donuts to the hungry intern winner of the Food Fight bout.

 

THE MATCHES

 

MAIN EVENT: REGIONAL COOPERATION

Hanover County Administrator “Of Punishment” Rhu Harris

vs.

Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron “Mauling” Marshall

 

UNDERCARD: ABV – ALL BREWER VIOLENCE

Strangeways Head Brewer “The Barbarian” Mike Hiller

vs. 

Center of the Universe Head Brewer “The Chairman” Mike Killelea

 

UNDERCARD: FEELING SQUIRRELY

Squirrels VP Todd “Parney” Parnell

vs.

Squirrels CEM Chuck “Duking” Domino

 

GUNS & HOSES

RVA Police Officer Nikita Thomas

Vs.

RVA Firefighter TBD

 

BEARDS & BROTHERS BOUT

Jose "El Guapo" DeJesus

vs.

Duardy "Babyface" DeJesus

vs.

Paul "Photo Finish" Murphy

 

NICE KICKS

The Source House of Shoes Chris Northington

vs.

The Source House of Shoes TBD

 

FOOD FIGHT – Winner Takes Home A Dozen Sugar Shack Donuts

Flying Squirrels Intern

vs.

Flying Squirrels Intern

 

UNDERCARD: MOUTHING OFF

VCU Rams Radio Voice Robby Robinson

vs.

Whoever Will Listen

 

MASCOT MANIA DANCE COMPETITION

VCU’s Rodney the Ram

vs.

U of R’s WebstUR

vs.

Flying Squirrels NUTZY

 

OPENER: ROADHOUSE

RMC Events Billy Gordan

vs.

RMC Events David Dillard

 

 

Proceeds from this evening of punishment, punches and mayhem will go directly to Operation Renovation, a community impact project to renovate 12 Richmond area youth baseball fields. Tickets are $10 and will be available at www.squirrelsbaseball.com. Questions or suggestions for additional opening matches can be sent to Flying Squirrels Media Relations Manager Jay Burnham at jay.burnham@squirrelsbaseball.com.

 

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