Cleveland Boxing Invitational to feature collegiate boxing, networking

November event at Tower City Center will benefit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host a new fundraiser at Cleveland’s iconic Tower City Center this November, the economic development organization announced today. The Cleveland Boxing Invitational presented by First National Bank will feature collegiate boxers from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Miami University and West Virginia University the evening of Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The 10-bout event will be contested in a specially constructed ring near the fountain in the Tower City Center Skylight Concourse.

Event attendees will be treated to a unique evening of entertainment and networking, food from various Cleveland restaurants, and an open bar featuring beer and soft drinks. A sports memorabilia and experiences auction will feature items and packages from the participating universities and Cleveland’s professional sports teams. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Sports Commission in furthering its mission of enhancing the economy, image and quality of life in Greater Cleveland through hosting major sporting events.

Tables and tickets for the event are now on sale. Heavyweight tables are $1,500 and provide food and open bar for ten at a ringside table, one complimentary bottle of Cleveland Whiskey for the table and a VIP gift for each attendee. Welterweight tables are $1,000 and include food and open bar for a table of 10. Individual tickets are $100 and include food and open bar. Capacity for the event is limited to just 500 and tables and tickets will be sold strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables and tickets can be purchased by calling 216-363-1108.

“The Cleveland Boxing Invitational will be a fun and exciting event for the Cleveland business community and alumni of the four participating schools, while also serving as an important fundraiser for our organization,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “The funds raised at this event will allow us to continue to bring extremely impactful sporting events to Cleveland. We are eager to provide an incredibly unique experience for all in attendance and the competing boxers.”

The Cleveland Boxing Invitational was developed by the Sports Commission and its recently founded Associate Board. The Associate Board is comprised of 34 emerging leaders in Northeast Ohio and the group has provided extensive help in forming the event.

“The Associate Board is proud to help bring this unique and exciting event to realization,” said Dr. Paul Saluan, Cleveland Clinic Surgeon and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Associate Board Chair. “The event will quickly become a night that the business and sporting community marks on its calendar each and every year.”

The proceeds of the Cleveland Boxing Invitational will allow the Sports Commission to continue to bring large-scale sporting events that provide significant economic and community impact. In just the last two years, the Sports Commission hosted and managed the 2013 National Senior Games, 2013 NACB Gaelic Games, several NCAA National Championships and numerous other national events. The organization also landed many future events including the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional Championship, 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America and 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships. Additionally, the Sports Commission owns and operates several events, including the annual Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival, upcoming NEOCycle urban cycling festival and annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. Since it’s re-founding in 2000, the Sports Commission has hosted, managed or attracted over 150 sporting events, contributing to more than $400 million of economic activity.

For more information on the Cleveland Boxing Invitational please visit, www.clevelandboxinginvitational.com.

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