This year’s Fight Night delivers a “knockout” punch for the Fight for Children.
HONORING THE VETS: In its annual salute to cigars and testosterone, Fight Night 2010 fell on Veteran’s Day this year and honored the soldiers with a battle of the biceps. About 1,700 heavyweights of business and government enjoyed the smoky, decadent celebration of boxing, tobacco and red meat in the Hilton’s cavernous ballroom, raising $2 million for Fight for Children, which works with parents, city leaders and other non profits to help DC kids stay healthy so they can learn. Founded in 1990 by developer Joseph E. Robert Jr., Fight for Children was chaired this year by Richard Kay and Ted Leonsis, raising $2 million by luring boxing legends like Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Jake LaMotta and Ray Mancini. The event has raised over $32 million since inception. This year’s boxing card featured an Army Vs. Navy amateur bout, in addition to appearances by some of America’s best-known military leaders, who managed not to cringe while surrounded by models clad in military-inspired outfits and Everlast hot pants.