New York State Boxing HOF & Ring 8 COVID-19 Fund Assisted Boxers and Boxing Personnel
Last Month In New York & New Jersey!
(May 6th) The jointly established COVID-19 Fund by New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) and Ring 8 distributed more than $5,000 last month to assist New York and New Jersey boxers and boxing personnel in financial need due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All applicants needed to be licensed (NYSAC, NJSAC or USA Boxing). Many boxers, trainers, cut men and the boxing personnel are independent contractors in need of financial support during this trying time.
"We wanted to help people in boxing whose livelihoods have been so adversely affected by this pandemic," NYSBHOF present Bob Duffy said. "I'd like to thank Ring 8 president Charley Norkus for partnering with us, along with Ring 8 board members Ron McNair, Bobby Bartels and Henry Hascup. I'd especially like to thank Lou DiBella for his generous contribution, as well as Dave "Scooter" Honig and boxer Richard Kiley for their donations. And Peter Frutkoff, among others, for all of his hard work getting the word out about the fund."
"As president of Ring 8," Charles Norkus, Jr. added, "I was honored to be part of this group relief fund to assist those who were in need. I am glad that in more than 60 years of existence, Ring 8 still assists those in need from the boxing community."
ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association - hence, RING 8 - and today the organization's motto remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.
RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.
Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person
New York State Boxing HOF & Ring 8
Establish Fund to Assist Boxers and Boxing Personnel!
(April 1st) The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) and Ring 8 jointly announced today a partnership to establish a COVID-19 fund to assist New York and New Jersey boxers and boxing personnel who are in financial need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Any boxing personnel (boxers, trainers, cut-men, etc.) who are independent contractors and live in New York or New Jersey may apply for monetary assistance by filling out a request form posted at www.NYBoxingHOF.org and www.Ring8tv.com, or request a form at firstname.lastname@example.org to be directly emailed.
All applicants must be licensed (NYSAC, NJSAC or USA Boxing) and forms must be submitted to NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy by email (email@example.com) or call him (1.516.313.2304) with the required information.
"Gyms are closed, and boxing has been suspended indefinitely," NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. "Most boxing trainers, cut-men and other boxing personnel are independent contractors, so they do not have any income right now during this pandemic. They have families to support, rent to pay, food to put on the table, and other critical expenses. We want to help them by establishing this fund. We're not in the position to give each applicant a large stipend, but we are able to provide a small payment to temporarily help them a little bit. We're committed to doing this for the month of April, at the very least, and then we'll will revisit extending payments until boxing returns, as long as there is money available in this fund. It's the right thing to do!"
"Ring 8 is furthering our goals to assist boxers and boxing people in New York during this crisis," Ring 8 president Charlie Norkus, Jr. added. "It has been our mission since the very beginning. We are pleased to join the New York Boxing Hall of Fame in this endeavor."