Athletics for Kids Boxing Gala


It was time for bow ties and boxing gloves as the 7th annual Athletics for Kids (A4K) Boxing Gala was held last Friday at Hollyburn Country Club. Rock 101 FM’s Bro Jake “The Champ” Edwards had them rolling in the aisles as he helped MC the evening which included a glamorous martini reception, big steak dinner and five rounds of Olympic sanctioned boxing. Helping raise money for kids who can’t afford to play sports is the goal of these go-getters, and they continue to do so in style thanks to the many who came out in support.

A4K Boxing Gala at Hollyburn
A4K Boxing Gala at Hollyburn

01 – A4K director Chris Obst and wife Megan enjoy conversation and cocktails at the martini reception.


02 – Dr. Michael Kates, left, Dr. Marc Boileau and Ian Grant take the time to make it a night for the boys, namely the dads . . .


03 – . . . and the sons! Joining their fathers at fight night are Justin Kates, left, Kevin Grant and Andre Boileau.


04 – She’s our own Olympic golden gal. Silver medalist and skating sweetheart Karen Magnussen chats with Rob Hadath, left, and Broco Auto Glass president Fred Beck.


05 – A4K co-founder Craig Knapton, left, seen here with former Olympic bronze medal boxer Dale Walters, always works hard for the kids and the love of sport.


06 – Bro Jake “The Champ” Edwards agreed to host the evening at the urging of his buddy, popular Canucks hockey legend Dave Babych.




April 3, 2009 (published April 9, 2009)



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