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Local couple champions Honors Dinner for EPA Boxing Club


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Los Altos Hills resident Chris Cheng, right, is teaming up with East Palo Alto Boxing Club founder, Johnnie Gray Jr., left, to raise funds to give more disadvantaged youth opportunities at the gym and in life.

When Los Altos Hills resident Chris Cheng stumbled into the East Palo Alto Boxing Club several years ago, he found not only a place for morning workouts, but a valuable community asset that could benefit from his entrepreneurial skills. Looking to support the club’s efforts to provide leadership and discipline for disadvantaged youth through boxing, Cheng joined the board of directors last fall.

One year later, Chris and his wife, Charleen, are spearheading the club’s inaugural Honors Dinner, scheduled 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 250 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

The all-volunteer EPA Boxing Club plans to use funds from the event to expand its resources, such as extending hours of operation and providing academic tutors for student-athletes.

Although Cheng acknowledged that the goal is ambitious, he hopes to raise $100,000 for the organization at the dinner. The board has already raised $15,000 and solicited in-kind donations to host the event at the Four Seasons and provide wine and live music from a saxophone quartet.

“We hope we can pull some heartstrings so that people can see the difference they can make,” Cheng said. “These kids have somewhere to go every day, a nurturing environment, a place to find friendships.”

In addition to dinner, wine, entertainment and an awards ceremony, guests at the Honors Dinner will have the opportunity to meet Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, a professional boxer with six World Champion titles, and Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, a Stanford University graduate who was the first African-American woman to sit on the Superior Court in Northern California. Cheng added that a number of EPA Boxing Club participants will receive recognition at the dinner for their achievements.

Tickets are $100, with an additional $100 recommended as a donation. Sponsor tables are available.

For tickets and more information, visit epaboxingclub.org/events.html.

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