Eagle Weighs In as the Presenting Sponsor for the Fight to End Cancer
Toronto, ON, March 26, 2014 – Canada’s leading professional staffing company, Eagle Professional Resources Inc. (Eagle), is proud to announce that it will be the presenting title sponsor of the 3rd Annual Fight To End Cancer. The event will feature ten "white-collar" men and women, with no prior boxing experience, who will literally be fighting to end cancer during a black-tie gala in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Hanging up their suits and lacing up their boots all in the name of a good cause was the decision that each member of Eagle’s Fight To End Cancer 2014 Fight Team made when they volunteered to step into a boxing ring. The team is made up of executives from organizations across Toronto, including Eagle’s own Brendhan Malone, National Sales Director for Telecommunications. Having already been training for three months and well aware of the challenges to come over the next two months, Malone is both looking forward to the challenge and honoured to be part of the event.
“Preparing for my bout has already proven to be an extensive task and a rewarding experience,” said Malone. “Training sessions with the team at Kingsway Boxing Club have been intense, grueling and sometimes painful, but knowing that our small fight will contribute to the much larger fight to end cancer keeps us all motivated.
This isn’t the first time a member of the Eagle Team has stepped into the ring for charity. In 2011, Eagle’s CEO, Kevin Dee, participated in Fight for the Cure, a similar fundraising event that took place in Ottawa. It was then and there that FTEC’s own founder and owner of Kingsway Boxing Club, Jennifer Huggins, first met Kevin as she worked as a coach in his corner for the Olympic-style boxing competition.
“This event provides much needed exposure and financial support to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and its fight to end cancer. Jennifer Huggins’ vision and drive can be attributed to the success of this event and I am proud to be able to play a part in it,” said Dee. “I’m looking forward to an elegant evening with great food, great company, great entertainment and mostly the opportunity to give back with someone else giving blood!”
Through the involvement of business professionals, like the members of the Fight To End Cancer Fight Team and the companies they represent, the sport of boxing is finding a new lease on life – headlining fundraising events. With so many different fundraisers currently saturating the market, boxing is a welcome change from the status quo and has been enthusiastically embraced by corporate culture as a powerful, fun and inspirational way to raise money and help in the fight to find a cure.
The enthusiasm from members of the business community to get involved and support the cause through participation in the sport of boxing has been impressive. When asked for his input on why boxing seems to be such a desirable fundraising activity for corporate culture, Sonny Wong, Chief Official of Boxing Canada, said "In today’s health conscious society, we concentrate on healthy eating and staying fit. I can think of no better workout than a boxing program. Perhaps, the Fight To End Cancer draws in people who have come to a point in their lives where they are wanting to help make a change and the focus on fitness for them, is key. I think boxing’s benefits from a health point of view, plus the thrill of actually stepping in the ring and fighting for a good cause is important to people."
Additionally, from his personal experience of training amateur corporate boxers, the Fight To End Cancer’s Fight Team Captain and head coach at Kingsway Boxing Club (official training facility for all FTEC fighters), Virgil Barrow, commented "Chess is often used to describe the mindset inside the boxing ring between two opponents. As the Fight Team Captain, I would argue that it’s more like playing chess against yourself. You must train two people to fight each other and understand both fighter’s strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the day, corporate charity boxing is great for the sport. It allows people that never thought about boxing as an opportunity – for them to step inside the ring, to fight for a great cause."
Boxing is stepping back into the spotlight as a popular sporting experience, thanks in large part to charity boxing fundraisers like the Fight To End Cancer. Through financial support and physical participation from the business community, the great sport of boxing has entered a renaissance period – as a champion in philanthropy.
Founded in 1996, Eagle is one Canada’s largest and most successful professional staffing companies. A Canadian-owned company with ten (10) offices from coast-to-coast, Eagle specializes in sourcing technology, finance and accounting, and management consulting professionals for contract and full-time positions. Eagle was named as one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, is a platinum member of the Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies (every year since 1999) and was Ottawa’s Mid-Market Company of the Year (2011). The company has been ISO 9001 certified since June 2006, is a very active advocate within the Canadian staffing industry association (ACSESS) and supports many charities. To learn more about Eagle and its network of offices, please visit www.eagleonline.com or call toll-free 1-866-78-NESST(63778). Check out Eagle’s blog at http://www.eagleonline.com/blog and follow us on twitter @eaglestaffing.
About The Fight To End Cancer
The Fight To End Cancer Gala is an annual black-tie fundraiser founded in 2011 by Jennifer Huggins. We have chosen to partner with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation due to their direct support within the community. Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of the local community and business owners. Let’s make a difference now in the fight to end cancer for a long and successful future for everyone. Join us for the much-anticipated third annual Fight To End Cancer fundraiser – Saturday, May 31st, 2014. Fight To End Cancer is a gala, which hosts an elegant gourmet dinner, various entertainers, along with Olympic style boxing, including local business leaders and celebrity bouts. This is an event like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. www.fighttoendcancer.com
About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.thepmcf.ca
About The Kingsway Boxing Club
Kingsway Boxing is Toronto’s leader in boxing training for fitness, competition and stress relief. Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, we run competitive and recreational Olympic Boxing programs. We pride ourselves on helping our clients achieve their personal fitness goals by utilizing the best coaching methods, fitness and boxing classes, facilities and training programs.
We are proudly teaming up with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation to help Fight To End Cancer. It is such an honor to fight for such a great cause! www.kingswayboxingclub.com
Phone: (613) 234-1810, ext. 3247
Toll Free: 1-888-798-8181, ext. 3247
Fight to End Cancer
David Kelly, Public Relations Director
Phone: (905) 616-0113
Photos available upon request and at www.fighttoendcancer.com
Interview Opportunities at boxing gym location or, via phone, email, Twitter, Facebook with:
Jennifer Huggins (Executive Director and Founder, Fight To End Cancer)
Kelly Dickinson (Special Event Manager, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation)
Virgil Barrow (FTEC Fight Team Captain, Kingsway Boxing Club)
Sonny Wong (Chief Official of Boxing Canada)
FTEC 2014 Fight Team participants (contacts available upon request)