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Blue Collar Boxing event brings in over $300K for nonprofits – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-11-25 11:54:18 –

Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) — Boxers stepped into the ring for good reason as many families were preparing for Thanksgiving on Wednesday night.

Second year this year Blue collar boxing The event has arrived at Ralston Arena.

The fighter is a member of a local trade union and this event is United Way in Midland And that Nebraska Labor Development Education Center..

Shawna Forsberg, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO said he was a bit skeptical at first about using rough sports as a fundraiser, but how the event connects the community. I have seen it.

“It brings a variety of people to the table who want to help their community, and it’s a really fun event,” said Forsberg. People are having a really good time here. “

In the first year of 2019, the event raised $ 200,000. This year, they went through it dramatically, raising over $ 300,000.

“It helps to provide food, safe and stable housing. Helps those who were victims of domestic violence. And the Nebraska workforce prepares people for financially stable work. Do a lot to help. “

Omaha City Council member Danny Begley is a board member of the Nebraska Labor Development and Education Center. He said the turnout at this event showed how well the local labor movement supported the work done in the Nebraska workforce.

“In addition to Midland’s United Way, it’s also a reach for young men and women who want to enter the building deal,” Begley said. “There is a big gap in the retirement of baby boomers, and we need to learn those skill sets.”

Hosting a large fundraiser the day before a major holiday may seem like an option, but according to Forsberg it was strategic.

“The deal is really hard-working men and women, often working seven days a week,” Forsberg said. A popular night to go out. “

In another successful year in the book, they want to make blue-collar boxing an annual tradition.

Twenty-two boxers represented the Nebraska trade union in combat: IBEW Local 22, IBEW Local 1521, Heat & Frost Insulator 39, Iron Worker Local 21, Sprinkler Fitter Local 669, Operating Engineer Local, 571, IAFF. Local 385, Steam Fitter & Plumber Local 464 and Plumber 16.

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