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Franklin County YMCA hosts mixed martial arts event
More than 700 attended first match in region
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Courtesy Photo: Kyle Johnson battles Chris “Superman” Davis for the EWC Welterweight Title Saturday night at the Franklin County YMCA. Davis won by submission 1:19 into the fourth round.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Franklin County Family YMCA hosted the Elite Warrior Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event Saturday night and the 10-bout card attracted a crowd of more than 700 people, according to Kevin McAlexander with the YMCA.

The cage-fighting event, which featured two title bouts, was sanctioned by the Virginia State Athletic Commission. The YMCA benefited financially through the rental of its gymnasium.

Also, the event featured Harley Davidson motorcycles, exotic cars and musical entertainment provided by The Wright Kids of Franklin County, who sang the National Anthem and performed during intermission.

Jim Currie, CEO of the YMCA, said he was "pleased with the turnout for the event and especially happy to have The Wright Kids perform because some of the members of the brother-sister group compete for the YMCA's youth swim team.

"This event generated important funds for our YMCA in the form of gym rental fee. Because our YMCA is in the midst of a financial turnaround, we are actively seeking ways to improve the YMCA's financial health, such as increasing the number of members, expanding facility rentals and attracting charitable donations from individuals and organizations that share our commitment to supporting families in need through our life-line scholarship program,' Currie said.

"Last year, the YMCA provided nearly $200,000 in scholarships for child-care costs, the use of the pools for physical rehab or elderly fitness, for swim lessons and more,' Currie said.

"The YMCA plays an essential role in our community by bringing families and the community together, so our life-line scholarship program is the right thing to do. We need to put on more events like the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA auction last fall, Benjamin Franklin Middle School dances, indoor soccer and the MMA event to continue to generate needed funds,' Currie said. "Eventually, we hope to find a generous donor whose contribution allows the YMCA to function properly.'

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