Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Hueneme Pilot – Fire, police units raise gloves, funds

Posted in Events, Media Coverage by BGCOP Staff on December 21, 2009

Hueneme Pilot
From staff reports
Ventura County firefighters proved they could fight more than fires during the
first Battle of the Badges charity boxing challenge Dec. 5, but the real winner
was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
The event, held at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, raised about $20,000
for the organization by pitting the Ventura County Fire Department against the
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in 11 matches billed as Guns vs. Hoses.
The firefighters, after falling behind early, rallied to win, 7 bouts to 4.
“It was spectacular,” said firefighter Jason Hodge, one of the coordinators of the
event. “It was a sold-out house, we had some really great fights, and we raised a
lot of money. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
Hodge said the money was still being tallied and bills paid but expected to net
around $20,000, more than twice the original goal. “We could have raised even
more if we had known what we were doing,” Hodge joked.
The firefighter said the Boys & Girls Club was selected because “there is a
natural nexus between what the Boys & Girls Clubs do and what we do in law
enforcement and fire education. (The club) empowers children to take care of
themselves and become responsible adults, better citizens. They also have a
boxing program.”
A second event is expected, but Hodge said he was uncertain when it would be.
This year’s event conflicted with Christmas season and an earlier schedule would
occur during fire season. He said February or March of 2011 might be the best
time.
The fights were state-sanctioned, which means each of the fighters had to be
state-approved for the fight and each has an official won-loss record.
“It was just fantastic that we had 22 people standing in the ring, taking punches
and fighting for these kids,” Hodge said. “There were no losers. It was a
phenomenal effort.”

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