It has been an exceptional 25 years for Ringside for Youth. Now, after having raised more than $3.5 million dollars for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, this one-of-a-kind charity event is hanging up the gloves. “This is bittersweet,” says Steve Gallant, founder of Ringside for Youth and First Vice-President - CIBC Wood Gundy, “but it’s time.”
Ringside Celebrity Guests have been World Champions of the boxing world – Andre Ward, Joe Calzaghe, Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Buster Douglas, Irish Mickey Ward, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Angelo Dundee, Sean O’Grady, Larry Holmes, Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, Roberto Duran, Jake LaMotta, Ernie Shavers, Gerry Cooney, Ken Norton, Aaron Pryor, Scotty ‘Bulldog’ Olson and five-time Canadian heavyweight champion, George Chuvalo.
Featured musical guests included many Juno Award-winning musicians – Blue Rodeo, Monkey Junk, Kellylee Evans, Rebecca Noelle, Jim Cuddy, C&C Surf Factory (with Colin Cripps and James Robertson), Whitehorse, JW Jones, Sass Jordan, Colin Linden, Tylie Ross, Wallis Giunta and Ottawa’s own favourite sons, The Cooper Brothers.
“It’s been an incredible ride,” says Gallant. “We’ve had a long-standing Ringside committee, with many on-board since day one. The Ottawa Senators, as well as Daniel Alfredsson, continue to be in our corner. And support from Ottawa’s business community has been outstanding.” Larger-than-life, award-winning comedian Angelo Tsarouchas MC’d almost every Ringside and nationally recognized TSN sportscaster, Rod Smith provided an exceptionally researched introduction for Ringside’s Celebrity Guest. The money raised by Ringside has gone to ensure continued free admittance to the Club that provides access to their four pillars of programming: Education; Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyle; Leadership and Social Skills; and Creative Arts. This year, 2019, saw Ringside funding support a new outdoor skating rink in the Debra Dynes community.
Celebrate the final Ringside for Youth XXV on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Shaw Centre with Celebrity Guest ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. For tickets: Tom Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-883-4425. For media: Sheryl Bennett-Wilson at email@example.com or 613-730-5530. Visit www.ringside.ca for more information on Ringside for Youth XXV.