Michael Rosenthal

13th annual Fight Night fundraiser set for Friday

Most boxing cards are mere sporting events. Fight Night is much more than that.

The 13th annual Fight Night, scheduled for Friday (March 4) at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, Calif., is a fundraiser to help children worldwide through a variety of charities.

The elegant event, which includes a sit-down dinner and sipping bar, features a full boxing card and always attracts celebrities. This year, that includes Indianapolis 500 winners Al Unser Sr. and Johnny Rutherford.

It is the pet project of Priscilla “Bo” Marconi, the wife of entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Marconi. They raise $1 million annually for at-risk children through the Marconi Foundation for Kids.

“Fight Night has come to be known as more than a premiere sporting event,” Bo Marconi said. “It is a fundraising initiative that has benefited so many valuable causes for more than a decade with the help of many sports figures and celebrities, including William Shatner, Sugar Ray Leonard and Arnold Schwarzenegger – and this year, automobile racing legend Al Unser, Sr.

 “This year, Dick and I, along with the other members of our Board of Directors, anticipate a tremendous event – our most successful to date.”

Dick Marconi, who made a fortune manufacturing custom made vitamins, food supplements and weight loss products,opened the Marconi Automotive Museum – featuring a $30 million car collection — in 1994.

Marconi also boxed in Golden Gloves competitions. Hence the boxing theme for the fundraiser.

For more information about the event or the museum, call the Marconi Automotive Museum at 714-258-3001 or go to marconimuseum.org.

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