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Former Contenders Meet To Knock Out Homelessness

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Former 'Knock Out Homelessness' contenders and referees gathered at Ringside Restaurant on Sunday to kick off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Past boxers, along with the Erie City Mission, got together to reflect on the past year and plan future fundraising events.

"The reason we're here today is because the boxers who have participated in this event have grown very close with one another through the special experience of participating in this event," said Ron DiNicola, co-founder of Knock Out Homelessness.

The Knock Out Homelessness Event is going on its 7th year.  Round 7 promises big names and even bigger donations.

"I'm going to be boxing Sean Wiley.  My son Johnny is going to be boxing John McChesney," said Lou Bizzarro, Erie boxing legend and co-founder of Knock Out Homelessness.

Knockout Homeless supports the Erie City Mission and its work in feeding the hungry and providing shelter to the homeless.

"Over 26% of our community is living in poverty," said  Pastor Rick Crocker, Executive Director of the Erie City Mission.  "To have a group of champions coming together to support the cause is a real point of blessing for us," he said.

The Knockout Homeless event will be held on February 18, 2014.  Bizzarro hopes to raise $60,000.

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