April222014

Toronto in the Jazz Age

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Toronto during the 1920’s had started taking it’s first small steps to becoming the huge multicultural metropolis that Fight For Independence is taking place in today. In 1920, the population was more than half a million people and the suburbs had already started to grow. 
In spirit of the Fight For Independence 1920’s Great Gatsby style event, here is a glimpse into the buildings that were part of the Jazz Age of Toronto.

The Sunnyside Amusement park opened up on June 28th, 1922. A few gems still exist and are popular venues today. Run on down and take a peek at the Sunnyside pavilion to get you in the Great Gatsby spirit.

The Palais Royale’s original purpose was a boathouse. During the 1920’s, the Palais became the mecca of Jazz Age dancing, popular with flappers and jazz aficionados alike. The Toronto Star broadcasted regularly from the dances and events held there. You can still take a hoof down there as it still operates as an event venue.

Union Station was also built in the 1920’s, opening officially on august 27th, 1927, seven years after it’s completion due to financing issues. 
Today it is the busiest transportation facility in Canada, serving 200,000 passengers a day

College Park, on the southwest corner of Yonge and College street, was built in 1928 by the Eaton’s Department store and is a fabulous example of Art Deco architecture. Today is still houses a shopping center as well as residences and offices.

Big thanks to Blog TO for providing images and information to take you on a tour of the Jazz Age in Toronto.

April172014

What Your Ticket does for Nazareth House

For our Co-Chairs James Beattie, Jackie Walker and Tom Gajer, Fight for Independence has always been about more than boxing bankers.

“In 2004 we met Sister June Dwyer, who was running Nazareth House, and saw the lasting difference she was making in people’s lives on a shoe-string budget. Before long, we knew we needed to find a way to raise money for the amazing work she and others were doing at the House.”

Your ticket purchases and donations will be making a HUGE impact for day-to-day life at Nazareth House!

Here’s how:
− Helps pay for house Utilities (gas, water, heat)
 
− Help purchase groceries
 
− Small household supplies. (everything we have gets a lot of use, simply because of the number of women we serve)
 
− Funds Information and Educational groups and sessions 
 
− Guest speakers, trained staff as well as group supplies and materials
 
− Baby supplies (food, diapers, toiletries)
 
−Phone and cable bills

− Once a resident has settled into a routine, Nazareth House encourages them to consider volunteer work, school or employment in preparation for independent living.
− They are helping women to regain independence, support their children and join the workforce with confidence and hope for the future.
− They are providing young women with the confidence and tools to complete or further their education.
− Many women are provided with a support group which assists with relapse prevention and a place to call home.
− Staff teach daily life skills, offer conflict resolution and relapse prevention.
− Residents attend therapy and group work with partnering agencies.
− The main goal is to transition women to health and independence.

April102014

Why should you care? Why does Nazareth House exist?

Nazareth House acts as a communal home for women and single mothers who are in the early stages of substance abuse recovery and for women who have suffered from abuse. Nazareth House staff support the residents in setting goals for their future and help them become productive and independent members of society. It is a dry house, meaning no drugs or alcohol while living at the house.

Residents work with staff towards the achievement of personal goals and objectives during their stay and live a co-operative lifestyle within the structures of the program alongside others who have suffered from similar problems. 
The women are aged 18-50. Some may have infants or be in the midst of pregnancy without the support of a partner. These women need a place to call home and this is why Nazareth House exists.

Fight For Independence is so proud to support this amazing facility in our city. They work hard to make a difference in the lives of these women and their children and we couldn’t be happier to help where we can!

We hope you’ll join us in our support by coming out for the big bout on May 29th! You can buy tickets and donate today at the Fight For Independence website 

April72014
Boxing in The Great Gatsby Era
The Roaring 20’s. The Jazz age. The era of The Great Gatsby: Boxing during the 1920’s was an exceptionally popular sport, doubling as a social event with thousand attending matches all over the world. Bar brawls were held in speakeasies and if you said you knew “Joe”, you were invited in. 
The international boxing ring was dominated by Jack Dempsey: a strong and powerful man who discovered boxing at the depths of poverty in his youth as a fast way to make some cash off bets in bar brawls. 
He first won the world heavyweight title in 1919 and kept it until 1926. His fights were historic public events; he became a household name and even managed to score a Hollywood leading lady bride.
 It was in 1921 that the World Boxing Association was formed. Their first recognized bout was the Jack Dempsey vs. Geroges Carpentier Heavyweight Championship on July 2nd, 1921 in New Jersey. It was boxing’s biggest fight to date: a one million dollar fight that ended with Jack knocking out George in the fourth round. A grand total of $1,789,238 was paid at the ticket gates, plus innumerable amounts in betting dollars. 
In 1927, Jack Dempsey took on Gene Tunney for the second time, the same man who had stolen his heavyweight-boxing crown almost exactly a year to the date in Philadelphia. That match had been moved out of Chicago after Al Capone, a huge Dempsey fan, had offered to fix the match in his favour. Dempsey refused and demanded the bout be held in Philly to protect himself from Capone.A year later, he met Tunney again in Chicago, drawing a gate of $2,658,660 in ticket sales. It was the biggest bout of the year, and ended with a second loss for Dempsey. 
Following the fight, it was Dempsey that lifted Tunney’s arm and said, “You were the best. You fought a smart fight, kid.”

Boxing in The Great Gatsby Era

The Roaring 20’s. The Jazz age. The era of The Great Gatsby: Boxing during the 1920’s was an exceptionally popular sport, doubling as a social event with thousand attending matches all over the world. Bar brawls were held in speakeasies and if you said you knew “Joe”, you were invited in. 

The international boxing ring was dominated by Jack Dempsey: a strong and powerful man who discovered boxing at the depths of poverty in his youth as a fast way to make some cash off bets in bar brawls. 

He first won the world heavyweight title in 1919 and kept it until 1926. His fights were historic public events; he became a household name and even managed to score a Hollywood leading lady bride.

 It was in 1921 that the World Boxing Association was formed. Their first recognized bout was the Jack Dempsey vs. Geroges Carpentier Heavyweight Championship on July 2nd, 1921 in New Jersey. 
It was boxing’s biggest fight to date: a one million dollar fight that ended with Jack knocking out George in the fourth round.
A grand total of $1,789,238 was paid at the ticket gates, plus innumerable amounts in betting dollars. 

In 1927, Jack Dempsey took on Gene Tunney for the second time, the same man who had stolen his heavyweight-boxing crown almost exactly a year to the date in Philadelphia. That match had been moved out of Chicago after Al Capone, a huge Dempsey fan, had offered to fix the match in his favour. Dempsey refused and demanded the bout be held in Philly to protect himself from Capone.
A year later, he met Tunney again in Chicago, drawing a gate of $2,658,660 in ticket sales. It was the biggest bout of the year, and ended with a second loss for Dempsey.

Following the fight, it was Dempsey that lifted Tunney’s arm and said, “You were the best. You fought a smart fight, kid.”

April42014
Introducing Nazareth House
Nazareth House is a HOME rather than a centre or facility. It is a home where women and single mothers have the opportunity to foster change, to grow and to learn how to live happier lives in a safe, supportive community environment.
It is a home where they can be taught life skills and how to care for their children and themselves while benefiting from individual counselling. Nazareth House exists solely off donations, so understand this home would not exist without events like Fight For Independence.
By coming to Nazareth House, these women desire to change their lives for the better. Some are fleeing mental health issues, addiction, abuse, homelessness or the loss of their children to Child Protection Services.
Nazareth House is a step in a brighter direction.
Nazareth House will benefit from your ticket purchases and donations to Fight For Independence.
You can make a huge impact on the very fragile lives of these women! So please join us for Fight For Independence 2014 or make a donation today.
Check out their website at www.nazarethhouse.ca
Follow Nazareth House on Twitter: Twitter.com/nazareth_house

Introducing Nazareth House

Nazareth House is a HOME rather than a centre or facility. It is a home where women and single mothers have the opportunity to foster change, to grow and to learn how to live happier lives in a safe, supportive community environment.

It is a home where they can be taught life skills and how to care for their children and themselves while benefiting from individual counselling. Nazareth House exists solely off donations, so understand this home would not exist without events like Fight For Independence.

By coming to Nazareth House, these women desire to change their lives for the better. Some are fleeing mental health issues, addiction, abuse, homelessness or the loss of their children to Child Protection Services.

Nazareth House is a step in a brighter direction.

Nazareth House will benefit from your ticket purchases and donations to Fight For Independence.

You can make a huge impact on the very fragile lives of these women! So please join us for Fight For Independence 2014 or make a donation today.

Check out their website at www.nazarethhouse.ca

Follow Nazareth House on Twitter: Twitter.com/nazareth_house

April12014
Introducing Fight For Independence 2014: The Great Gatsby
We are thrilled to announce that Fight for Independence 2014 will be taking place on May 29th at the Kool Haus in Toronto. This year we will be celebrating an age of decadence: the Jazz age, with all the glitz and glamour of a Great Gatsby theme.
This year’s event will once again feature some absolutely scrumptious Chiado food paired with wines, spirits and Steam Whistle’s signature pilsner. Mombacho will be providing cigars, and there is still a lot more to be added.
Fight for Independence 2014 will be solely in support of Nazareth House, a home for women and children, who want to foster change in their lives in a safe, supportive environment.
Best news is, you’re all invited! We’re looking forward to spending the evening with you. Ladies, don your pearls and best flapper apparel! Gents, sport some formidable moustaches and your shiniest pair of shoes. We can promise a night to remember for a cause we should never forget!
Stay tuned for more information on the Big Bout, who’s boxing this year, what to wear and what to expect from the evening coming soon. 
Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CharityBoxingTO) and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FightForIndependence

Cheers!

Introducing Fight For Independence 2014: The Great Gatsby

We are thrilled to announce that Fight for Independence 2014 will be taking place on May 29th at the Kool Haus in Toronto. This year we will be celebrating an age of decadence: the Jazz age, with all the glitz and glamour of a Great Gatsby theme.


This year’s event will once again feature some absolutely scrumptious Chiado food paired with wines, spirits and Steam Whistle’s signature pilsner. Mombacho will be providing cigars, and there is still a lot more to be added.


Fight for Independence 2014 will be solely in support of Nazareth House, a home for women and children, who want to foster change in their lives in a safe, supportive environment.

Best news is, you’re all invited! We’re looking forward to spending the evening with you. Ladies, don your pearls and best flapper apparel! Gents, sport some formidable moustaches and your shiniest pair of shoes. We can promise a night to remember for a cause we should never forget!

Stay tuned for more information on the Big Bout, who’s boxing this year, what to wear and what to expect from the evening coming soon. 


Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CharityBoxingTO) and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FightForIndependence

Cheers!

May72013
May62013
There were bouts, giggle juice and lots of amazing grub. We had flappers, a Canadian heavyweight legend, a few belly dancers and many other wonderful guests. In fact, over 1,000 guests joined us at Kool Haus on May 2 for a good time for an even better cause – raising funds for Nazareth House and the Urgent Care Unit at SickKids.
Wishing you could relive Fight for Independence 9? You’re in luck. Longtime Fight for Independence supporter Gail has put together a great slideshow of some (almost 200!) really swell shots that she snapped at the main event. Wanting more? Watch your favourite boxers talk about their connection to FFI on our YouTube channel and start getting ready for FFI10! 

There were bouts, giggle juice and lots of amazing grub. We had flappers, a Canadian heavyweight legend, a few belly dancers and many other wonderful guests. In fact, over 1,000 guests joined us at Kool Haus on May 2 for a good time for an even better cause – raising funds for Nazareth House and the Urgent Care Unit at SickKids.

Wishing you could relive Fight for Independence 9? You’re in luck. Longtime Fight for Independence supporter Gail has put together a great slideshow of some (almost 200!) really swell shots that she snapped at the main event. Wanting more? Watch your favourite boxers talk about their connection to FFI on our YouTube channel and start getting ready for FFI10! 

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We are so thankful that the Globe and Mail decided to swing by our charity boxing event on Thursday to take some great pictures of all the action. Check out the slideshow here! 

We are so thankful that the Globe and Mail decided to swing by our charity boxing event on Thursday to take some great pictures of all the action. Check out the slideshow here

May22013
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