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Cooney, Ward, Ortega, Chuvalo and Basilio on hand for
Hall of Fame fund-raiser

CANASTOTA, NY – NOVEMBER 20, 2007 - On November 16th, the International Boxing Hall of Fame hosted a "Night of Champions" featuring heavyweight contender "Gentleman" Gerry Cooney, junior welterweight star "Irish" Micky Ward, 1950s welterweight star Gasper (Indian) Ortega, world-renowned referee Michael Ortega, Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo, and Canastota's Hall of Famer Carmen Basilio at the New York State Fairgrounds Empire Room in Syracuse. The evening was fun-filled for all who attended.

"The Hall of Fame's annual 'Night of Champions' was a great success" said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. "It was a memorable night for everyone with plenty of reminiscing about the careers of the great boxing stars in attendance."

A capacity crowd of fans mingled with the celebrity guests who graciously obliged photograph and autograph requests. The evening also included a buffet, silent and live auctions and fight highlights.

The 2007 Central New York Boxing Appreciation Award was presented to Geneva, New York's father/son team of Ralph and Rocky Fratto for their contribution to the sport of boxing in Central New York.

Sincere thanks to event sponsors HBO Sports, SHOWTIME, WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, First Comp, Madison County Tourism, McCadam Cheese, Miller Lite, Everlast, Aramatic Refreshment Services, Twin Trees Too, Visual Technologies and The Empire Room.

Also, thank you to the program book sponsors, all Hall of Fame committee members who helped coordinate the event and committee chairperson Don Hamilton. A special thank you goes to the staff of The Empire Room for hosting the "Night of Champions."

All proceeds from the event benefited the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Gerry Cooney shares stories from his careerGasper Ortega shakes hands with his fansCarmen Basilio signs copies of his new book"Irish" Micky Ward address the crowdGeorge Chuvalo signs autographs for his fansCooney, Chuvalo, Basilio, Ward, G. Ortega and M. OrtegaReferee Michael Ortega recalls famous fights he officiated
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