The fencing community and its friends flexed their muscles tonight at the Barneys Penthouse raising upwards of 15,000+ dollars for the Humanitarian organization Right To Play as New York State Governor David Patterson, Nigel Barker, Serge Timacheff , Olympic coach Yury Gelman and fencing legend and Olympian Peter Devine joined 150+ guests to enjoy fencing photography and cocktails.
Governor Patterson spoke to the crowd, along with Right To Play COO Jeffrey Orridge and hosts Matt Doyle, Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse. All of them addressed the importance of sports for children’s development and the need for resources in underdeveloped countries so that children can play and learn. Right To Play teaches kids in impoverished areas life lessons via sports and provides children who might not necessarily have it with sporting equipment and coaches. (www.righttoplayusa.org) The money raised will go to help thousands of children in countries around the world.
The night was also special to me because of the strength displayed by fencing. 150+ guests paying $150 dollars a ticket to enjoy fencing photography! Imagine how many people we can get with live fencing ? The answer of course, is that this be the first of many events I plan on doing to help raise money for good causes while simultaneously promoting fencing. I have some big projects in the works to hold spectator/sponsor friendly tournaments in New York City where we can draw thousands of paying spectators and get sponsors behind it.
It’s not even a question of can we get people to watch fencing and companies to sponsor it. It’s going to happen and it’s happening now.(Speaking of which, I still have a big sponsorship announcement to make soon!) For now, a nice victory for a good cause and a score for the sport of fencing.
PS Also in attendance tonight were Daria Schneider, Mike Etropolski and my mother and father! (Mom bid on 3 of the photographs and won! Thanks Mom!)
Thank you to everyone who helped make tonight a smashing success! And to everyone who continues to work towards helping good causes and growing our small, but mighty sport. Make room world…the fencers are coming!