Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield will duke it out in the boxing ring for CharityVision. The former Republican presidential candidate and the heavyweight fighter will lace up their gloves in Salt Lake City on May 15 at the Rail Event Center.
During an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Mitt Romney had this to say about boxing Evander Holyfield, “It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious. It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit. We just thought it would be a lot better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers.”
The Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney CharityVision bout will be a black tie affair with proceeds being used to buy necessary equipment for doctors who aid the blind in developing countries. The Salt Lake City fight night at the Rail Event Center will also feature boxing matches between professional fighters. Holyfield will not likely have an ear-biting incident to fear from Mitt Romney, as he subjected to during the Mike Tyson fight in 1997. Evander Holyfield jumped into the ring for the last time professionally in 2011.
Charity Vision was founded approximately three decades ago by Bill Jackson, a doctor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jackson was the mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines when he witnessed the suffering and poverty and lack of medical assistance available to residents in the country.
Doctor Jackson began fundraising to aid residents in the region and started garnering partners in the medical supply field to enhance health care options in impoverished nations. CharityVision now offers the donated medial equipment to health facilities and physicians surviving patients in such areas. “It’s an interesting model,” Mitt Romney, a friend of Doctor Jackson’s, said about the CharityVision mission.
Both the former Republican presidential candidate and his son, Josh Romney, are both dedicated volunteers within the charity. The elder Romney and his son Doug, the CEO of CharityVision, recently returned from a trip to India where they were helping create a new medical facility for indigent residents. “It [Charity Vision] operates on about a $1 million annual budget,” Romney noted. Approximately 40,000 surgeries are performed annually courtesy of CharityVision doctors, donors, and volunteers.
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