On November 11, cops and firefighters will face off during an Olympic-style boxing match happening in Wichita, Kansas.
The event, titled “Cuffs vs. Axes,” will benefit two charities: the Honore Adversis Foundation and the Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund.
The Honore Adversis Foundation provides financial assistance to Wichita police officers that have suffered a serious injury while on duty, have been diagnosed with a medical condition, or are struggling with some other type of personal hardship. Financial assistance is also awarded to families of fallen officers.
The Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund supports similar initiatives, albeit for firefighters instead. It is a relatively new organization that was founded in 2016.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will also go towards the Villa Boxing Club, a program designed to deter delinquency in at-risk youth.
Firefighters and police officers will be evenly matched based off of age and weight.
Even though it’s a small, local event, the boxing match is already attracting media attention. It’s an example of how a unique fundraising idea can garner more press and more donations.
Other small, local charities should take note, as fundraising events that cater to the public’s interest are likely to bring in more donations. But what it really boils down to is targeting a specific audience.
Granted, not everyone is interested in attending a boxing match, but then again not everyone is interested in attending a fancy fundraising dinner, either. That’s why charities should do market research before deciding which type of fundraising event will be most effective.
For those who want to attend this event, the boxing match begins at 7 p.m. at the Wichita Sports Forum. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and under, and $15 for anyone working in EMS, fire, law enforcement, or the military. There are also VIP tickets available for $125, complete with unlimited food and drinks.
To purchase tickets for this event, visit cuffsvsaxesict.eventbrite.com.