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The 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, December 13 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He will also be honored as Ring Announcer of the Year.

Ring 8 has announced its 2015 award winners (see complete list below.

“Our members look forward to this event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We have another great group of outstanding award winners. Committed celebrity guests include former world champions Mark Breland, Luis Collazo, Iran Barkley and Vito Antuofermo, as well Sean Monahan, Bobby Cassidy, Harold Lederman and Frankie Galarza. We truly appreciate them lending their support as Ring 8 proudly continues its record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Each year our Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony celebrates our great sport of boxing, insuring much-needed funding is raised so we may continue our mission for our needy brothers and sisters in boxing. We will never waver from their corners.”

2015 RING 8 Award Winners

RING 8’s WOMAN OF THE DECADE: Hon. Melvina Lathan

RING 8’s NYS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Sadam Ali

RING 8’s NYS FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Heather Hardy

RING 8’s UNCROWNED CHAMPION AWARD: John Duddy

RING 8’s CO-CUTMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: George Mitchell & Mike Rella

RING 8’s BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Billy Strigaro

RING 8’s TRAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Andre Rozier

RING 8’s COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Kevin Collins & Gerard Wilson

RING 8’s PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Joe DeGuardia

RING 8’s SPONSOR OF THE YEAR: George O Neill

RING 8’s OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Carlos Ortiz Jr.

RING 8’s AMATUER OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Christina Vila

RING 8’s LONG AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD: Jack Hirsch

RING 8’s PROFILES OF COURAGE AWARD: Paddy Dolan

RING 8’s PROSPECTS OF THE YEAR: Wesley Ferrer & Danny Gonzales

RING 8’s RING ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR: David Diamante

RING 8’s PATRIOTISM AWARD: Cpl. Ron McNair Jr.

Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by contacting Bob Duffy by phone (516.313.2304), email DepComish@aol.com, or mail checks (payable to Ring 8) to him (164 Lindbergh Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11762). Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, followed by seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to sell-out and everybody is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure favorable seating.

Go online to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.

Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).

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 still 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.