Knockout Homelessness, Round 12!

Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ 6:00 pm

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Join the Erie City Mission and Erie's own Lou Bizzarro, Sr. as we step into the ring and attack homelessness head on - in this year's 12th Annual Knockout Homelessness fundraising event.

Knockout Homelessness - Round 12

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the
Bayfront Convention Center

5:30 PM – Doors Open for viewing of live auction and raffle items
6-9:30 PM – Dinner and Exhibitions

Guest will enjoy a delicious dinner, a live auction and raffle.
Proceeds from this fundraiser directly benefit those served at the Erie City Mission.

Tickets are on sale now!

$40 General Admission Ticket
$350 General Admission Table of 10
$100 Gold Ticket
$800 Gold Table of 10

Contact Erin Layden at 814/452-4421 x234 or Erin.Layden@eriecitymission.org to reserve your tickets today.

Meet our Celebrity Fighters!

Our celebrity boxers are committed to fighting homelessness both inside and outside the ring. Show your in their corner by donating to their crowdfunding campaign.
Click the link below of your favorite boxer and donate to their campaign today!

100% of the monies raised through the crowdfunding pages go to the programs and services of the Erie City Mission that seek to end homelessness.

Celebrity Photo Joe

Erie Mayor, Joesph Schember will be going toe-to-toe once again, with Erie boxing legend Lou Bizzarro Sr. in the main exhibition, for what is being coined "the rematch of the year".

Mayor Schember, has not only fought inside a ring, he fights daily for the city of Erie!  An Erie native; Schember worked for PNC Bank for over 40 years, moving his way from Bank Teller to Regional Manager of the Northwest PA branches. We are excited to partner with Mayor Schember as he enters the ring once more, and takes on homelessness as Erie's Mayor, in this year's unforgettable Main Event Exhibition.

When asked why he chose to join the Mission in the "fight" against homelessness, he said; "I really believe in our community, we need to integrate, we need to reach out to everyone and we need to help the homeless. I believe all of us need to work together and make this a better community; this is a step towards rectifying that. And I am really honored to be a part of doing that."

Show your support of Joe Schember by donating to his campaign!

Celebrity Photo Colby

Colby "The Big Cheesy" Atkins is the Lead Pastor at Elevate Church; he will touch gloves with Lou Bizzarro, Jr. in the second co-feature bout.

Colby and his wife Kristen, launched Elevate Church in 2012 out of a desire to tell as many people about Jesus and to create a worship experience where people far from God could feel welcomed. 

But don't be fooled by this 5'10, 210lb competitor, because Colby is not your average Pastor. He enters the ring with, what he calls, "years of fighting experience" as a middle child, a church planter, a Rocky movie lover and having worn husky size pants in elementary school.

Cloby's humor, love for Christ and his passion to help those in our city makes him a formidable opponent; both inside and outside the ring.

When asked why he chose to join the Mission in the "fight" against homelessness, he said; "I've decided to enter the ring in the fight against homelessness because, I believe this is exactly what Jesus calls us to do, and because you never know who you could be helping."

Show your support of Colby Atkins by donating to his campaign!

Celebrity Photo Matt

Matt Pribonic, is the Vice President of Level Red Boxing; he will be lacing up his gloves and entering the ring against "John Boy" Bizzarro in the first co-feature bout.

A high school athlete, academic underachiever, and college dropout turned leading industry professional; Matt was born and raised in Erie, PA and graduated from McDowell High School. His hard work, creativity and integrity lead him to entrepreneurial success as Vice President and Co-Owner of five companies: iRock Fitness, FitnessU and Creative Learning Child Care, Iron Oxygen Fitness and Level Red Boxing.

Contributing over $25,000 to local charities over the past 10 years, Matt is the perfect contender to kick off a night of fundraising for the Erie City Mission!

When asked why he chose to join the Mission in the "fight" against homelessness, he said; "It is my great pleasure to follow in the footsteps of so many great local leaders who have stepped in the ring to bring more awareness and create solutions to the growing issue of homelessness. Homelessness is all around us. It impacts all of us, whether or not we realize it or acknowledge it." 

Show your support of Matt Pribonic by donating to his campaign!

"Thank You" Round 12 Sponsors!

Main Event Sponsors
Erie Federal Credit Union
Marquette Savings Bank
Presque Isle Downs and Casino

Media Sponsor
Lilly Broadcasting

Fight Sponsor
Gateway Health
Elevate Church

Bout Sponsor
AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania

Round Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring this year's event?

Sponsorship tiers and advertising space are still available for Round 12.
Download the proposal below.

For more information contact Erin Layden at 814/452-4421 x234 or Erin.Layden@eriecitymission.org