NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 17, 2012) -- Rich Marotta, founder and CEO of the newly-established Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF), will announce the NVBHOF's historic inaugural class of inductees at a North Las Vegas news conference, This Wednesday!December 19, beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT at the Richard Steele Boxing Club (2475 West Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, Nev. 89032.)
Voting for the inaugural class of the NVBHOF by its officers and its Board of Directors took place in November. The results will be announced at Wednesday's press conference with several of the inductees will be in attendance and available for interviews. Inductees from the following categories will be announced:
· Nevada Resident Boxer
· Non-Nevada Resident Boxer (minimum of 10 fights in Nevada or seven world title fights in Nevada)
· Non-Boxer Participant (Trainer, Manager or Cutman)
· Officials (Judges, Referees)
· Special Contributors
A non-profit corporation operated exclusively for charitable purposes, the NVBHOF will be dedicated to honoring boxers and those who have contributed significantly to the sport in Nevada. The other equally important part of the Hall's mission will be to help those from the sport of boxing in need of financial assistance, as well as to help other boxing-related organizations which do the same. It will also support youth and amateur boxing programs, including the club boxing programs at the University of Nevada, Reno and UNLV.
"States such as California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and most recently New York have their own Boxing Halls of Fame. I was astounded to learn that Nevada, with its rich boxing history, passionate fan base and the reputation as the Boxing Capital of the World, did not have its own Hall of Fame -- a place to honor those who helped build its rich history in the sport," Marotta said. "So we set out last summer to establish the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame as a non-profit, charitable organization to give back to the sport and its fans. In addition to an annual gala Induction Ceremony and Dinner, the NVBHOF will conduct other fund-raising events throughout the year to stay active within the state."
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Donations to the NV BHOF are tax-deductible, as are tickets purchased to NVBHOF-sponsored events. Donations can be made by visiting the NVBHOF website: www.nvbhof.com. You can "like" NVBHOF on Facebook (facebook.com/nvbhof) and follow it on Twitter (@nvbhof).