Fight Night Boxes Its Way to Helping Boy Scouts

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by: DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The caliber of professional fighters and celebrity personalities featured at Tulsa Charity Fight Night XIX resulted in a huge turnout that helped the committee donate $70,000 to benefit the Indian Nations Council of Boy Scouts of America’s historic Camp Garland.

Bill Haines, the scout executive; Jill Janosky, the director of finance services; and Dave Wadley, the finance director of the Indian Nations Council, accepted the check, which will be used to fund a new activities center at Camp Garland, which is in eastern Oklahoma south of Locust Grove.

The latest fight night continued to attract patrons from across the country to support the event, which has benefitted many local charities over the past 19 years.

Bobby Dobbs, matchmaker, and Tony Holden of Holden Productions select the participants.

Celebrity guests featured internationally acclaimed boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar; James “Quick” Tillis; Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, whose story inspired the 1999 movie “The Hurricane” starring Denzel Washington; ring announcer Lupe Contreras; former three-time Super Bowl winner Keith Traylor; former heavyweight fighter Earnie Shavers; former WBC middleweight title holder, Golden Glove, AAU and gold medal Olympic champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard; and actor/comedian Eddie Griffin.

Event Gold sponsors were AF Transport, Allan Edwards Inc., Ameristar Fence Products, AMETEK MRO/ Southern Aeroparts, Asphalt and Fuel Supply LLC, AT&T, Fleming Building Co., FW Murphy Inc., Law Office of Michael Green, Lone Star Specialties LLC, American National Insurance Co., NORDAM, Oak Properties LLC, Technology Exclusive Inc. and World Travel Service.

Silver sponsors were Allan Edwards Inc.; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Risk Management Services; Bank of Oklahoma; Brewster & DeAngelis PLLC; Eide Bailly LLP; First Wave MRO Inc.; Grant Thornton LLP; Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC; Hastings & Associates; Leinbach Co.; Melton Truck Lines; Mid-American Pipeline; NORDAM; and Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino.

Bronze sponsors included Ben Baker; W.K. Clausing; Bank of Oklahoma, The Private Bank; Ben-Trei Ltd.; Boy Scouts of America; Brumble & Associates; Canteen Vending; Central Tube and Bar; Conner & Winters LLP; Crowne Plaza Hotel; Espo Construction Fire and Water Damage Restoration; Express Employment Professionals; Steve Douglas; Chad Fleming; Green Metal Fabricators; Keltech; LDF Companies; the Nicholas Club; Omni Packaging; Sean and Taylor Poe; QuikTrip; Spring Point; Therapy Concepts; Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates; Tulsa Plastics Company; Tulsair Beechcraft Inc.; Regent Bank; Dr. Lance Goodwin; Jeff Keeley; Avinas Nokhai; Chase Rollins; William R. Grimm; William Paiva; Tony Young; Zeeco Inc.

A special thanks went to Beshara’s Formal Wear, EMSA, Fogue and Bates Tobacco, Jay Litchfield Auctioneers, Meek’s Lithographic Co., Omni Lighting & Sound, Radio Rental Specialist and VIP Limo Services.

The national anthem was played on trumpet by Austin and Bryan Stunkard, and the color guard consisted of members of the 138th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard, Oklahoma Air National Guard and the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

Members of the steering committee included Hastings Siegfried, Tray Siegfried, Bailey Siegfried, Terrell Siegfried, Karie Jordan and Mary O’Connor.

Those volunteering for the event included Alan Eaton, Brad Morgan, Carlos Flores, Christina Citty, Joe Land, Jeff Summers, Jon Rowlett, Joy McGill, Larry Johnson, Ron Hafner, Ron Wells, Susan Kay Watkins, Tricia Summers and Tyler Hafner.

Boy Scouts of America volunteers included Charles Sparks, Dave Wadley, Don Atwood, Doug Baner, Jason Buescher, Jeff Gilstrap, Jeff McMaines, Jill Easley, Jill Janosky, Joe Melton, John Pojman, Lanny Brown, Mark Conrad, Mauro DeFazio, Oren Albritton, Ron Bender, Scott Banner, Stan Gardner, Todd Estes and Tom Harris.

Tulsa Charity Fight Night XX is scheduled for May 5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Proceeds will benefit Tulsa’s Street School.

For more information, call Mary O’Connor at 401-5756, send e-mail to moconnor@ nordam.com, or go online to tulsaworld.com/fightnight.

Jill Janosky (from left), Karie M. Jordan, Mary O’Connor, Hastings Siegfried, Terrell Siegfried and Bailey Siegfried stand together for Fight Night. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World