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Scene & Heard: "An Evening Ringside"
Kori Sarubin, Jonathan Ogden and Gale Herr-Sarubin attended Jonathan Ogden Foundation's charity gala.
As far as successful parties go, "An Evening Ringside" was fixed from the start. The mostly male crowd who filled the Valley Mansion ballroom arrived, knowing they were going to have a great time, first perusing a silent auction, then enjoying dinner, followed by professional boxing in a ring in the center of the room.
"It's a little bit more of a high-end event. Watching guys get knocked around; that's fun," said Marc Bluestein, Aquarius Sports and Entertainment president.
"I love the sports memorabilia in the auction," said Jim Ries, PA & Associates senior logistics consultant.
"The boxing is great. This is the only time I see it live," said Ben Leigh, Under Armour grassroots marketing manager.
This was the sixth year the former Ravens player Jonathan Ogden had put on the event, which raises money for his foundation's athletic and educational programs for disadvantaged youth. Each year, he said, the number of guests has grown.
"I think [it's because of] the combination of the brutality of the boxing with the classiness of the dinner. It's an interesting mix," Ogden said.
This was the third year Harold Baines, Chicago White Sox first base coach, had attended.
"I want to support Jonathan. And I like boxing and seeing old friends," said the former Baltimore Oriole.
"An Evening Ringside" attracted a few other top athletes, like Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons professional lacrosse player and Major League Lacrosse 2011 MVP who had returned to his hometown to attend the dinner.
Also in the audience, Franchon Crews, 2011 middleweight female boxing champion, who described how she would be watching the fights; "I'm [thinking about] slipping punches. I see something good and think about how I could do that."
For Rick Hyde, foundation trustee, the ultimate feel-good was the evening's end result.
"The more fun we have, the more money we raise for the kids."
-- Sloane Brown
November 3, 2011