Who knew that a pair of boxing gloves would make the perfect addition to a little black dress? For the third year in a row, the Throw Down Society proved to party-goers everywhere that all a successful fundraiser needs to stand out in a crowded field is a riveting boxing match. Highly anticipated Black Tie Boxing raised over $1.1 million for Hope Rising and Houston20, both essential community organizations that fight sexual abuse and human trafficking. Throw Down Society partnered with Savarese Fight Fit and Berg Hospitality’s B&B Butchers & Restaurant for an enthralling evening of delicious light bites and hard punches.
The Revaire's ballroom was filled to the brim with glamorous guests and gorgeous dinner tables. The room’s main attraction, however, was undoubtedly the massive boxing ring in the center, sporting crimson red and royal blue hues. Eighteen amateur boxers took to the floor representing a wide range of Houston businesses including Chevron, Kayne Anderson, Shell, Musket, Vitol, and Citi Group. Each boxer had to qualify to compete in the evening’s antics, and training for the fight took anywhere from three to six months. Professional trainers including former heavyweight boxing champion Lou Savarese, who helped ready the competitors for their big night.
Following a champagne social hour which included the opportunity to win a one-carat diamond donated by sponsor Lewis Jewelry, guests headed to their tables to hear Mary Sarah of NBC’s The Voice sing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. With that, the fight night commenced, and local businessmen and two female competitors took to the ring. Attendees whooped and hollered for their friends and colleagues on stage and enjoyed a fine three-course meal courtesy of B&B Butchers. The exciting nine-round fights were accompanied by an impressive silent auction which featured custom pieces by local Houston artists.
Savarese Fit Fight owner Jordan Seff revealed the event’s origins: “A few years ago, we had the idea of throwing this huge match for charity," she said. "Why not? The guys love it, and they work super-duper hard for this.”
And with that, we’ll be sure to do our part and return again next year to help the fight—even if we’re not the ones in the ring.