Friday, January 20, 2017

Wrestling down hunger

Wrestlers Ravenous Randy, left, KC Spinelli, Scotty Mac, Mary Diaz and Jamie Diaz will be grappling for charity Saturday night to raise money for the SHARE food bank. Photograph by: Lisa King , NOW

Tony Baroni, the Grappling Gorilla and hometown pugilist Jamie Diaz will put their differences aside for one night to come together around charity.

Wrestlers with the Elite Canadian Wrestling Championship (ECCW) company, the trio will be among those taking part in Wrestling with Hunger, a yearly charity event that benefits the SHARE food bank.

Slated for 7: 30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Elks Lodge in PoCo, the fundraiser will include six wrestling matches and a host of door prizes and raffle draws.

“It’s very family friendly,” said ECCW co-owner Mary Diaz. “Not all of our shows necessarily are, but PoCo tends to be more family friendly and we get lots of young kids coming.”

Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for every dollar or food item donation, and the prizes include gift certificates, gas cards and an annual pass to every show – roughly 30 per year – the company stages.

“The more they bring, the more chances they have to win something wonderful,” said Diaz, adding her company will donate $1 from each ticket sold to SHARE. “We’re always happy to take whatever anyone can donate.”

The organization’s inaugural fundraiser in 2009 featured 20 participants wrestling for 72 consecutive hours. At the time, $3,000 was raised, and close to 3,000 pounds of food was donated to the food bank.

Tickets for Saturday’s fundraiser cost $15 for general admission seating, while ringside seats go for $18.

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