The Erie City Mission and Erie's own Lou Bizzarro, Sr. will step into the ring once again to attack homelessness head on - in this year's 13th Annual Knockout Homelessness fundraising event.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the
Bayfront Convention Center
5:30 PM – Doors Open for viewing of auction and raffle items
6-9:30 PM – Dinner and Exhibitions
Guest will enjoy a delicious dinner, an auction and raffle.
Proceeds from this fundraiser directly benefit those served at the Erie City Mission.
$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.
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.
Patrick Fisher, is the Executive Director at Erie Arts & Culture. He will be lacing up his gloves and entering the ring against Lou Bizzarro, Jr. in the second co-feature bout.
Born in Erie and raised in Cochranton, Patrick's mission in both his personal and professional life is to create more value than he captures. Patrick believes in continuous education and a exhibits a diligent commitment to further developing his skill set. All with the objective of better serving his community.
At 5'10" and 160 lbs, Patrick has no ring experience, but he's been training since December for his boxing debut. He's ready to put up his dukes and go the distance to serve Erie, raise funds to fight homelessness and raise awareness about the needs of the people of Erie.
When asked why he chose to join the Mission in the "fight" against homelessness, he said; "I believe that every person deserves to live with dignity. Unfortunately, systemic issues lead to members of our community, and communities beyond Erie, to be pushed to the margins of society. Stepping into the ring for a great cause like Knockout Homelessness is one small way that I can help fight back against systems the perpetuate disparity."
Aaron Hertel, PT, Cert. MDT is the Co-founder of Hertel & Brown Physical and Aquatic Physical Therapy; he will touch gloves with John Boy Bizzarro in the first co-feature bout.
While this competitor has never been in the ring before, you can rest assured it will be a fair fight. Aaron, who is 6'2", 225 lbs, was a varsity starter for Cathedral Prep football and the '96/'97 Team Captain, not to mention the '97 Metro League Discus Champion in Track and Field. He was also a 4-year starter for the Gannon University Golden Knights football team, and was their Team Captain in 1999.
Aaron keeps up with his love of athletics by serving as the head JV football coach for the Diocese of Erie and he loves to sail -- a 6-time "Boat of the Year" Champion at the Erie Yacht Club. He's ready to put his winning spirit (and record) to the test to bring awareness to homelessness in Erie, and fight for a great cause.
When asked why he chose to join the Mission in the "fight" against homelessness, he said; "I have stepped into the ring this year for  reasons. First, to bring more awareness to the Erie Community about the overwhelming poverty issue in the city where I was born and raised. Second, to fight in honor of my good friend John Evanoff, who passed away this August from a heart attack at the young age of 52. John loved the sport of boxing, the Bizzarro family, and the Knockout Homelessness event. And finally, to raise awareness about heart health and the need to get yearly checkups, eat and exercise properly and understand the risk factors and early warning signs of a heart attack."
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Sponsorship tiers and advertising space are still available for Round 13.
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