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Organizations partner to raise funds for veterans

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Baymont Inn and Suites houses a boxing night in Bremerton, Washington, for veterans' charity organization.

Pacific Northwest Veterans' Organization (PNWVO) is fairly young, as in they came into being in January of this year. The local nonprofit, headed by Mingo Reyna, has partnered with USA Boxing to raise funds for veterans.

Baymont Inn and Suites has donated their ballroom for the fight night. Vendors and concessions will also be made available for fight fans; Jeff Holcomb, owner of Valholl Brewing and U.S. Army and Marine veteran, has donated a full bar. Aside from the amenities, the night promises a great spectacle for fight fans as USA Boxing brings in some of their top talent.

USA Boxing is well known as the organization in amateur boxing. From the coveted Golden Gloves to placement on the USA Olympic boxing team, USA Boxing does it all. The fight card for March 12 consists of 12 different fights, 24 amateur competitors going toe-to-toe, each with high hopes of representing the United States as Olympic pugilists.

According to Mr. Reyna proceeds from the event will be split evenly between supporting USA Boxing and his own PNW Veterans' Organization. The older and more seasoned USA Boxing will use their proceeds to further their investments in youth boxing; giving youth and amateur boxers a place to train and goals to aspire to. PNWVO will begin both their long- and short-term goal seeking to assist veterans. In their short term aspirations, the organization hopes to help ease the integration from military to civilian life. A primary long-term goal is to establish a community within the rural outlying of Bremerton that poses as a therapeutic retreat for veterans with a wide variety of disabilities, as well as to help in job seeking, placement and integration into the civilian world.

Tickets for the event are available now through Brown Paper Tickets. General admission for the night will run fight-goers $20, while ringside VIP tickets are only $25 per person. Attending the event gives fans the opportunity to view the next potential .heavyweight champion and American gold medalist. Some of America's greatest boxing talent, such as Evander Holyfield, "Sugar" Ray Leonard, and George Foreman, got their starts just like the amateurs that will be battling in Bremerton.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. and will allow an hour before the first of 12 bouts will take place. Spectators of all ages are welcome to come down, watch history in the making, and support not only possible members of your future Olympic Boxing Team, but also the veterans that are not only taking part in putting on this amazing night, but the ones who are unable to be present as well. PNWVO and USA Boxing look to further their assistance of two huge aspects of American life; our youth and our veterans - both demographics are largely in need of your support.

USA Boxing, 5 p.m., Saturday, March 12, Baymont Inn and Suites, Bremerton, WA, $25/20,, 

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