Bank7 presents OKC Charity Fight Night
An exclusive, private event to enjoy boxing, cigars, open bar and social time. No media is invited.
OKC Fight Night is in fact a charity event that raises funds to benefit the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL). In 2009, Fight Night raised a net amount of approximately $11,000. That number has grown significantly and consistently since then leading up to 2016, which netted a total of nearly $200,000. Currently, programming offered to schools in OKCPS through OKC PAL includes annual traditional sport camps like soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, and hockey, and non-traditional sport programs like RallyBall, combative and non-combative martial arts, and boxing. The financial stability afforded to OKC PAL through Fight Night has allowed expansion from serving elementary school students to now include students all the way through high school, and ideally beyond. Because of support from OKC Charity Fight Night, these programs are offered to our students at no cost to them, their families, or their schools.
History of OKC Charity Fight Night
On January 27, 2005 an area non-profit organization under the guidance of Nicole Thomas and along with a select group of volunteer committee members, hosted Oklahoma City’s first ever, OKC Charity Fight Night for Sight. This groundbreaking event in the Oklahoma City market was received with overwhelming success. Hosted by celebrity guest, Larry Holmes, and emceed by Oklahoma City’s own boxing legend, Sean O’Grady, the black-tie evening featured a steak dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions and five professional boxing matches. Upon entering, each guest was given a complimentary souvenir bag containing a boxing glove, commemorative poster, Sharpie for autographs and a coupon for a complimentary cigar.
Not only was the event well received by all who attended, but the publicity surrounding the event also generated much attention to the non-profit organization. Covered by virtually every news station as well as sports radio programs and metro area print publications, the event raised great awareness for the non-profit organization and its mission of preventing blindness and saving sight.
Capitalizing on the success of its first year, Thomas, then the Director of Financial Development and Marketing for the non-profit organization, hosted the second annual OKC Charity Fight Night for Sight on January 26, 2006. 2009’s black-tie event once again featured Sean O’Grady as emcee, along with five professional boxing matches, steak dinner, open bar, and live and silent auctions. Host for the second annual event was “Smokin” Joe Frazier. In its second year, the event raised well over $50,000 for the non-profit organization.
OKC Fight Night Today
Realizing that the Oklahoma City event market was looking for something new and different, a core group brings OKC this fantastic event every January. We are in our 11th year of bringing the best of boxing, MMA and new in 2017…Kickboxing to Oklahoma City!
Wanting to keep the charity component to the event, it was decided to find a compatible non-profit organization that would benefit from the proceeds from the event. The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (PAL) was a natural fit for OKC Charity Fight Night.