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Kevin Knight & IWF Wrestlers March in 98th Annual Nutley
Memorial Day Parade (May 29, 2017)
Kevin Knight & IWF at 11th Annual Relay For Life of Nutley, NJ
(May 19, 2017)
Knight & IWF Hosts Collection Drive for Montclair Township Animal Shelter (May 2017)
Kevin Knight & IWF Wrestlers at 11th Annual Nutley Relay For Life Kickoff Dinner (February 2, 2017)
Kevin Knight Represents Relay For Life at Nutley High School Assembly (January
and Chamber of Commerce Welcome Santa Claus to Nutley! (November 25, 2016)
IWF Wrestling Centre Hosts Food Drive for Nutley Family Service Bureau
Kevin Knight & IWF at 34th Annual Nutley Fire Prevention Open
House (October 14, 2016)
Kevin Knight & IWF at Nutley Public Library Summer Reading Program
(July 20, 2016)
Kevin Knight & IWF at 10th Annual Relay For Life of Nutley, NJ
(May 13, 2016)
Knight & IWF Wrestlers March in 97th Annual Nutley Memorial Day Parade (May 30, 2016)
Kevin Knight & IWF Wrestlers March in 38th Annual Nutley St. Patrick's
Day Parade (March 5, 2016)
Knight Represents Relay For Life at Nutley High School Assembly (March 22, 2016)
Kevin Knight &
IWF Wrestlers at 10th Annual Nutley Relay For Life Kickoff Dinner (February 4, 2016)
Wrestling Centre Hosts Food Drive for American Red Cross (November 2015)
IWF Wrestlers March in 96th Annual Nutley Memorial Day
Parade (May 2015)
Knight at Nutley Chamber of Commerce Community Business Expo (March 26, 2015)
IWF Wrestlers March in
37th Annual Nutley St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 2015)
Knight Represents Relay For Life at Nutley High School Assembly (February 2015)
IWF at 9th Annual Relay For Life of Nutley Kickoff Party (February 5, 2015)
Knight appearance at GNC Summit Plaza, Hackensack, NJ (November 18, 2014)
Kevin Knight appearance at GNC Summit
Plaza, Hackensack, NJ (May 31, 2014)
IWF Marches in 95th Annual Memorial Day Parade in Nutley,
NJ (May 26, 2014)
Kevin Knight Appearance at Relay For Life of Nutley Fashion Show (April 4, 2014)
IWF Marches with Relay For Life in 36th Annual Nutley
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Posted: March 1, 2014
IWF Wrestling in 94th Annual Nutley Memorial Day Parade
(May 27, 2013)
Posted: June 1, 2013
MARCH 2, 2013: IWF Wrestlers Kevin Knight, Roman Zachary, Mad Dawg Jenkins,
Justin Corino & Marc Corino march in Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade,
Kevin Knight with Nutley Mayor Mauro Tucci after
Township Commissioner's Meeting
March 20, 2012
Kevin Knight in Annual Nutley St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 3, 2012
Kevin Knight Attends Kick-Off Event for American
Cancer Society 2012 Relay For Life of Nutley
January 31, 2012
Nutley held its annual Relay for Life
team kickoff last Wednesday at the Parks and Recreation Annex. The relay takes place May 18 and 19 at DeMuro Park. Interim Mayor Mauro Tucci poses with an Independent Wrestling Federation championship belt
belonging to professional wrestler Kevin Knight.
WWE Hall of Famer to Raise Money and Awareness for
Children with Incurable Brain Condition Sunday, November 6:
Tito Santana Champions New Cause
for Pediatric Hydrocephalus in Edison, NJ
November 15, 2011 - The PHF Fundraiser Raised Nearly $4,000.00!
Posted: November 1, 2011
(Woodbridge, NJ) –
Former Pro-Wrestling Superstar and WWE Hall of Fame inductee Tito Santana, will be the featured guest celebrity at the Sunday,
November 6th Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation’s annual Spaghetti Dinner in Edison, New Jersey at the Edison Elks Lodge
#2487 located at 375 Old Post Road from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
The event is hosted by the Westdyke Family, in honor
of their 5-year-old son Jeffrey, who suffers from this incurable brain condition. Hydrocephalus affects 1 in every 500
newborns and if left untreated would be fatal.
Admission to the event is $12.00 in advance, ($13.00 at the door),
for adults, $6.00, ($7.00 at the door), for children 5 – 12 years old, and free to children 4 & under. Admission
includes all-you-can eat spaghetti, meatballs, salads, beverages and all autographs and pictures with Tito Santana are FREE.
The event will also include live entertainment, face painting, basket raffles and silent auctions.
are tax-deductible and all proceeds will go to the PHF, Inc., a registered non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable all-volunteer
organization. For more information, visit http://HydrocephalusKids.org.
The PHF, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Michael & Kim Illions along with 3 other New Jersey families who have
a child with Hydrocephalus. The Illions’ son Cole, is 6 years old and has had 13 brain surgeries to date to treat
Michael Illions’ connection to Pro-Wrestling goes back to the 1990’s when he was the
in-ring Commissioner for the NWA-NJ organization as A.J. Sparxx. Illions also owned or co-owned New Jack City Wrestling,
American Wrestling Council and the Independent Wrestling Federation, which included the IWF Wrestling School in New Jersey
with Kevin Knight. The IWF Wrestling School has trained the WWE’s Darren Young and TNA’s Robbie E.
The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)
(3) charitable organization, educates the community by raising the level of awareness about hydrocephalus and provides support
to families, friends, and children affected by this incurable life-threatening brain condition.
The PHF also raises
money for and works with the medical community in searching for a cure and additional treatment options for those with hydrocephalus.
Additionally, the PHF advocates on behalf of the members of the hydrocephalus community and works with policy makers at the
state and federal levels to raise awareness and push for more research and support in the fight against hydrocephalus.
All donations are tax-deductible.
In 2010, the PHF gave out over $41,000 in donations and grants to hospitals and
medical facilities for research projects relating to hydrocephalus. For more information, visit www.hydrocephaluskids.org.
Update: September 18, 2011
- The PHF WALK 2011 raised over $27,000!
Posted: September 15, 2011
This Saturday, September 17, 11:00 am, IWF's Kevin Knight, Commissioner Rich Ross and Self-Made Travis Blake will be present
as The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring the 5th Annual Hydrocephalus WALK for New Jersey at Roosevelt Park in Edison.
New Jersey, Catherine Zalewski, will be WALKING to help "Fund a Cure for Hydrocephalus" on Saturday. Mrs.
New Jersey will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event and will cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially start the PHF NJ
In addition to great live music, we will also be
visited by the New York Rangers Road Tour truck with a slapshot booth, box hockey activities and NY Rangers premier giveaway
Please join us for a day of great fun with family &
friends as we raise money to "Fund a Cure for Hydrocephalus".
The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, educates the community
by raising the level of awareness about this brain condition. The PHF provides support to the families, friends and children
who are diagnosed with Hydrocephalus.
The PHF raises money for
and works with the medical community in searching for a cure and additional treatment options for those with Hydrocephalus.
Additionally, the PHF advocates on behalf of the members of the Hydrocephalus community
and works with policy makers at the State and Federal level to raise awareness and push for more research and support in our
fight against Hydrocephalus.This September marks the 3rd
annual "National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month!" All donations are tax-deductible.
IWF Community Outreach Program is EVERYWHERE in
Kevin Knight with Director Amy Babcock
Landry at The Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library of Woodland Park, NJ. The IWF donates T-Shirts and Autographed Photos for kids who participate in the Annual Summer
Reading Program. (July 8, 2011)
with Coach Joe Affinito and kids from the Dennis Sasso All-Star Baseball School in Nutley,
NJ. Knight is a graduate from the Baseball School and hosts an annual IWF Autograph Session for the kids each Summer.
(July 8, 2011)
IWF Community Outreach Autograph Session @ Belleville
NJ Cub Scout Pack 350
Cub Scouts Meet IWF Stars:
IWF Wrestlers Meet and Greet with Scouts of Pack 350
By Rose Sartaguda | May 2, 2011
(BELLEVILLE, NJ)- The Cub Scouts of Pack 350 from
Belleville had a blast Friday night, April 29 when they met with their wrestling idols from the Independent Wrestling Federation.
The IWF stars arrived at the Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Union Avenue around seven in the evening to grace the
monthly meeting of the pack.
Assistant Den Leader Mario Nunez said, “The monthly pack meeting is where all
the packs—Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos—have a little get together. Usually at this time, the kids get awards,
whoever has achieved any ranks or any type of badges. It’s usually a fun night.”
Gonzales, having ties with some of the wrestlers from the IWF, came up with and produced this night’s particular activity.
Most of the scouts knew the wrestlers and a majority have watched their shows. That’s why everyone was excited
to meet their idols that night.
Seven-year-old Emmanuel Molina said his favorite is Kevin Knight whom he’d
met once before. Emmanuel likes wrestling because he is a wrestler himself for the Belleville Recreation Department squad.
Before the wrestlers came, the Scouts made their pledge, sang the national anthem, and the Tiger Scouts performed
a couple of songs for the group.
When the special guests arrived, the boys lined up to get their autographs and
have their pictures taken with their idols, who let the little ones hold their championship belts.
One boy, Justin
Salamone, kept interviewing the wrestlers even after acquiring their autographs.
Mike Enslin, Justin's cousin who
hails from Flemington, said he's been a fan of wrestling all his life. "I've a lot of belts and stuff like that."
Eight members of the IWF came, signed autographs, and happily indulged the boys' questions: Kevin Knight, Self-Made
Travis Blake, German Menace Kraig Stagg, Yours Truly Lawson, Latin Lover Chachi, World-Class Karson Slade, Scrap Iron Joey
Golden, and Varsity Marc Corino, who said he used to go to Belleville’s School Number 7.
On behalf of Independent Wrestling Federation, Kevin Knight was honored
on February 26, 2011, by Belleville Cub Scout Pack 350 at their 71st Annual Blue and Gold Banquet in Belleville, NJ.
IWF Wrestling Receives 2010
Best of West Paterson Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, October 9, 2010 -- IWF Wrestling has been selected for the
2010 Best of West Paterson Award in the Recreation Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each
year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community
and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their
customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each
category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered
both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large
and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively
with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and
marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
IWF is EVERYWHERE in Summer 2010!
1. Kevin Knight at Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library in West Paterson NJ to promote the Annual 2010 Kids Summer Reading Club. IWF donated merchandise prizes for
top summer readers. (July 19, 2010)
2. Kevin Knight
with Dennis Sasso, former Head Baseball Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Nutley High School.
Kevin visited the kids at Sasso's 30th Annual All-Star Baseball Clinic in Nutley, NJ. Kevin is a graduate
of the highly-acclaimed program. (July 21, 2010)
Dave LaGreca, IWF's Kevin Knight, Co-Host Pete Copeland on "Busted
Open" Radio Show at Sirius XM Radio studio's in NYC on June 21, 2010.
IWF Wrestlers BodySlam
Belleville Cub Scouts
Mad Dawg visited Troop on November 20, 2009
U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance & Mad
IWF @ PHF Walkathon, Edison NJ, September 13, 2009
IWF Wrestling @ Great Falls Paterson Festival, September
WWE Legend Honky Tonk Man Appeared June 22 in West Paterson, NJ:
Independent Wrestling Federation &
CustomMuscle Sponsor Borough-wide Tour
(WEST PATERSON, NJ)- It was shake-rattle-n-roll time as World
Wrestling Entertainment Legend Honky Tonk Man came to West Paterson (Woodland
Park) on Monday, June 22, 2009.
Known as "The Greatest Intercontinental of All-Time," Honky
Tonk Man sold out Madison Square Garden numerous times in the 1980's and 1990's, and recently appeared on WWE Raw and WrestleMania
25 Hall of Fame Ceremony.
At 3 pm, Honky Tonk Man signed autographs at Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library to promote the annual Kids Summer Reading Club.
At 5 pm, Honky Tonk Man signed autographs at Pizza City, 1051 McBride Avenue.
The borough-wide tour was made possible by Independent
Wrestling Federation and Layfield Energy. Independent Wrestling Federation produces family-friendly
live events and hosts children’s Birthday Parties. IWF Wrestling School is recognized as the premiere training facility in the Northeast by countless television and news media
Independent Wrestling Federation Best of West Paterson 2009
Recreation Services Award
& Kevin Knight visited Paterson School 10 December 16, 2008
IWF Participates in Paterson's Annual Holiday Parade of Lights December 2007:
Posted: December 10, 2007
(PATERSON, NJ)- The Independent Wrestling Federation participated in
the City of Paterson's Annual Holiday Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 8,
2007 on Main Street, Paterson, NJ.
In addition to an appearance by IWF Wrestlers Kevin Knight, Frank Scoleri,
Jana, Mike Jenkins and Evan Schwartz, viewers delighted in twenty five dazzling lit floats, marching bands, car and motorcycle
clubs, specialty units, drill and dance teams, clowns, characters, community organizations, centers of worship, carolers and
horses. Hot chocolate, chestnuts roasting, plus free pictures with Santa were a part of the fun.
of the Season” was the theme of this year’s parade that was imaginatively expressed through the float appearances
to celebrate the diversity of the holiday season in Paterson.
following the parade, the Tree Lighting Ceremony took place along with the announcement of first, second and third place
winners of the best decorated fire trucks and the best marching bands. A raffle of Toys finalized this wonderful
At City Hall,
the IWF Wrestlers met Paterson City Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres. Throughout the month of December, Cablevision
will televise this year’s parade as well on the Municipal Access Channel 77.
Independent Wrestling Federation produces
family-friendly live events and hosts children’s Birthday Parties. IWF Pro Wrestling School is recognized as the premiere
training facility in the Northeast by countless television and news media outlets.
Knight, Sparxx & Blake at PHF TEAM Hydrocephalus Walk-a-thon Fundraiser:
Posted: September 9, 2007
(EDISON, NJ)- As part of the Community Outreach Program, Independent Wrestling
Federation’s Kevin Knight, AJ Sparxx and Travis Blake participated in an Autograph Session at the TEAM Hydrocephalus
Walk-a-thon Fundraiser held September 9, 2007 at Roosevelt Park, Edison, NJ. For more infomation visit
IWF Wrestler Kevin
Knight Speaks at Paterson School No. 24 July 26:
Community Outreach Program Assembly at Hero Day
Posted: July 27, 2007
(PATERSON, NJ)- As part of the Community Outreach Program, Independent Wrestling
Federation’s Kevin Knight spoke to the summer program student body of 125 kids at Roberto Clemente School
No. 24 in Paterson, NJ on July 26.
Knight’s positive message address to the students included the importance of working hard in school, eating
right and being active in the community. Kevin is a recent World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performer, a 12-year ring
veteran and IWF Wrestling School head trainer.
addition to speaking at schools and DARE programs, IWF Community Outreach conducts many charitable efforts for local youth
and civic organizations,” said Knight. “Annual activities include a clothing collection for The Red Cross of Metropolitan
NJ, food drive for The United Way of Passaic County, Wrestlethon fundraiser for The Twin Towers Orphan Fund, and autograph
session at Tomorrows Children's Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center.”
Franciz and Matt Bennett were also present at the assembly, and the trio signed augtographs for all the students.
Established in 1999, IWF Wrestling
School trains hundreds of wrestlers from 16 states and six countries that compete in bouts for organizations around the globe.
Knight and 16 of his graduates performed on WWE Raw and SmackDown television events and pay-per-view extravaganzas.
IWF Wrestling School was recently featured by CBS 2 News, Fox
5 Good Day New York, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, My 9 News, News 12 NJ, NBC Telemundo 47, Telemundo International, WMBC-TV 63 News,
Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom, Nickelodeon’s WACK, EXTRA, Metro Channel, TLC’s Makeover Story and WOR Radio
Independent Wrestling Federation produces family-friendly live events and hosts children’s Birthday Parties.
IWF Pro Wrestling School is recognized as the premiere training facility in the Northeast by countless television and news
IWF Teams With
Alfred H. Baumann Library Summer Reading Program:
West Paterson Groups Unite to Promote Youth Reading
Posted: June 18, 2007
(WEST PATERSON, NJ)- The Independent Wrestling Federation joins forces with the
Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library in West Paterson to promote their annual Summer Reading Program.
part of the Community Outreach Program, the West Paterson-based IWF donates several prizes to the youngsters who excel in
the library's summer reading program, including T-shirts, bandanas, event tickets and autographed photos.
IWF stars including Kevin Knight, Franciz and Nick Sabre made a guest appearance at the library's summer reading
party, where the kids have an opportunity to meet the wrestlers and take photos while posing with the IWF championship title
For information regarding the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library, call
IWF Wrestler Kevin Knight Speaks at Paterson School No.
29 June 15
Community Outreach Program Assembly for
Grades K Through 4
(PATERSON, NJ)- As part of the Community Outreach Program, Independent Wrestling
Federation’s Kevin Knight spoke to the student body of 325 kids Grade K through 4 at No. 29 School, 88 Danforth Avenue,
Paterson, on Friday, June 15.
Knight’s positive message address to the students included the importance of working hard in
school, eating right and being active in the community. Kevin is a recent World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performer,
a 12-year ring veteran and IWF Wrestling School head trainer.
“In addition to speaking at schools and DARE programs, IWF Community Outreach conducts many charitable
efforts for local youth and civic organizations,” said Knight. “Annual activities include a clothing collection
for The Red Cross of Metropolitan NJ, food drive for The United Way of Passaic County, Wrestlethon fundraiser for The Twin
Towers Orphan Fund, and autograph session at Tomorrows Children's Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center.”
IWF's Franciz and Nick Sabre were also present
at the assembly, and the trio signed augtographs for all the students.
Established in 1999, IWF Wrestling School trains hundreds of wrestlers from 16 states
and six countries that compete in bouts for organizations around the globe. Knight and 16 of his graduates performed on WWE
Raw and SmackDown television events and pay-per-view extravaganzas.
IWF Wrestling School was recently featured by CBS 2 News, Fox 5 Good Day New York,
ABC 7 Eyewitness News, My 9 News, News 12 NJ, NBC Telemundo 47, Telemundo International, WMBC-TV 63 News, Nickelodeon’s
Danny Phantom, Nickelodeon’s WACK, EXTRA, Metro Channel, TLC’s Makeover Story and WOR Radio 710.
Independent Wrestling Federation produces family-friendly
live events. IWF Pro Wrestling School is recognized as the premiere training facility in the Northeast by countless
television and news media outlets.
Kevin Knight & Aaron Stride Appear at Wyckoff
5K Run October 2006:
Posted: October 20, 2006
(WYCKOFF, NJ)- As part
of the Independent Wrestling Federation's Community Outreach Program, Kevin Knight, Event Chairman Dr. Steven Clarke and Aaron
Stride appeared at the annual Wyckoff Education Foundation 5K Run and Family Walk October 14, 2006 at Eisenhower
Middle School, Wyckoff, NJ.
The two-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is a New Jersey Grand Prix event designed to attract both the serious and recreational
runner. The day's activities included a carnival with games, food, hot air balloon rides and an obstacle course.
Education Foundation (WEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of education
in the Wyckoff public school system. WEF was formed in 1990 in response to decreasing financial support from the State and
increasing local taxes. WEF provides “tools for learning” and funds programs outside of the school budget that
support excellence in education.
(L to R): IWF wrestler Justin
Corino, Belleville Board of Education member Anthony Sessa,
Carla Fattal of United Way of Passaic County, and IWF wrestler
Kevin Knight unite for the
24-Hour Charity Wrestlethon at IWF Centre, West Paterson, NJ.
Establishes World-Record for 'Longest Wrestling Event' September 9-10:
24-Hour Charity Wrestlethon Benefits Twin
Towers Orphan Fund, Red Cross, United Way
Posted: September 13, 2006
(WEST PATERSON, NJ)- The
Independent Wrestling Federation recently established a world-record for the 'Longest Wrestling Event' benefiting several
worthy causes. IWF Wrestling School stars competed in a 24-Hour Charity
Wrestlethon that began September 9 at 2 pm, and continued uninterrupted
through September 10 at 2:02 pm at IWF Centre, West Paterson, NJ.
Wrestlethon saw 40 IWF grapplers compete for
an amazing 24-hours and 2-minutes in a round-robin event, with IWF Commissioner Rich Ross and GOPUSA's AJ Sparxx sounding
the ceremonial opening bell to kickoff the record-breaking feat.
The first of 41 bouts saw Nick Sabre battle
Franciz, while a day later IWF trainer Kevin Knight tangled with Dan McGuire to close out the Herculean effort.
"We had a tremendous showing of support from our families, friends, fans and community members who attended the
event and made financial pledges to sponsor each wrestler," said Kevin Knight. "We raised $1,253.00, with all proceeds
donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund."
The Fund was created
to provide long-term high education assistance and mental and physical healthcare to children who were orphaned by the attacks
of September 11, 2001.
"As we remember the fifth-anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are delighted to help
raise needed money for the children who lost so much," said Commissioner Ross.
A clothing drive was hosted
during Wrestlethon as five huge bins were overflowing with clothes and donated to For a Cause Inc. at Red Cross of Metropolitan
NJ which serves Passaic, Essex and West Hudson counties. Clothing proceeds
benefit fire disaster relief, assist medical transportation for seniors and meals-on-wheels service.
food drive for United Way of Passaic County was conducted, filling seven
boxes with 150-pounds of goods. Hunger is a concern that needs to be addressed on a daily basis, as there has been a 30-percent
increase in the number of people receiving assistance from food pantries in the county.
"GOPUSA is honored
to be a part of this event and to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity," said AJ Sparxx, Co-Executive Director
of GOPUSA Northeast. "The IWF continues to be front and center in community outreach."
in attendance at Wrestlethon were Carla Fattal, Director of Volunteer and Community Programs of United Way, and Belleville
Board of Education member Anthony Sessa.
IWF Champion Shawn Donavan, American Champion Travis Blake, Junior Champion
Tommy Trouble, and Tag Team Champions Antonio Rivera and Tony Torres also participated in Wrestlethon. It
was a historic IWF milestone as the federation celebrated their 200th live event.
donated by Capri Pizza, 654 McBride Avenue, West Paterson. Chiropractic services offered by Dr. Steven G. Clarke, High Street
Rehab, Nutley. Wardrobe provided by Forever Pizzazz Costume Company of Paterson. Nutritional
products supplied by L&E Distributors of Sayreville. Community leadership
and support courtesy of GOPUSA.
Independent Wrestling Federation
produces family-friendly live events and hosts children’s Birthday Parties. IWF Pro Wrestling School is recognized as the premiere training facility in the
Northeast by countless television and news media outlets.
(L to R): Kevin Knight, Carla Fattal
of Passaic County United Way,
Rich Ross and AJ Sparxx of GOPUSA at Wrestlethon.
FACE OF FURY
and text by Michael Karas / HERALD NEWS / September 16, 2006
Independent Wrestling Federation wrestler Franciz
pins opponent Chris Steeler's head to the mat during a 24-hour charity Wrestlethon at the IWF Centre in West Paterson last
weekend. The Wrestlethon benefited the Twin Towers Orphan Fund, the Red Cross of Metropolitan New Jersey and the United Way
of Passaic County.
The event began last Saturday (September 9) at 2 p.m. and featured 40 IWF wrestlers in a continuous
round-robin match that lasted 24-hours and 2-minutes. The match set a world-record for the "Longest Wrestling Event,"
according to Kevin Knight, head trainer of the IWF.
"Every year we do a few fundraisers...this year we decided
to combine all our fundraising efforts into one event," Knight said.
Monetary, clothing or food donations
were requested of each visitor to the event and $1,253 was raised along with five bins of clothing and seven boxes of food.
"We collected a lot more donations, food and clothing than we expected," Knight said. The event had
visitors even into the early morning hours. Knight said, "We had people here watching at 4 a.m. It was great."
Photography and text by Michael Karas / HERALD NEWS / September 16, 2006
(L to R): Kevin Knight, Chiropractor Dr. Steven Clarke of Nutley's High Street Rehab, Justin Corino and Franciz at
the 24-Hour Charity Wrestlethon September 9-10 that raised $1,203.00 for Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
IWF 24-Hour Charity Wrestlethon Makes History:
* $1,253.00 Raised for Twin Towers Orphan Fund
* 5 Bins of Clothing Filled for Red Cross of Metro NJ
* 7 Boxes (150 lbs.) of Food Collected for United Way of Passaic
* World-Record Shattered for Longest Wrestling Event: 24-Hours & 2-Minutes
* IWF Milestone as Federation
Celebrates 200th Live Event
IWF Wrestlers Conduct 'Food
& Clothing Drive' for Red Cross
Wrestlers Also to Visit Don Imus-WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrows Children
(West Paterson, NJ)- In response
to the recent hurricanes, the Independent Wrestling Federation is hosting a holiday Food and Clothing Drive this month at
IWF Wrestling School, West Paterson.
"Throughout November, clothes and non-perishable foods are being donated
by IWF wrestlers and fans in the hopes of making a difference by helping those affected by the recent devastation," said
IWF head trainer Kevin Knight of Nutley. "Items will be sent to The American Red Cross of Metropolitan NJ in Fairfield,
which go directly to disaster relief services."
The Red Cross of Metro NJ is the largest chapter
in the state and encompasses Passaic, Essex and West Hudson counties. Recently, the chapter responded to floods, fires
and chemical spills, as each disaster mobilizes volunteers and around-the-clock service.
On Monday, November 28,
Knight and other IWF stars make their fifth-annual holiday visit to the Don Imus/WFAN Pediatric Center at the Hackensack University
Medical Center, NJ. They will be making the rounds signing autographs for kids at the Tomorrows Children's Fund.
"TCF is a privately funded, non-profit group that eases the pain and suffering of children fighting cancer or
a blood disorder," Knight said. "They address the critical needs of families facing the anguish of these diseases,
provide a loving atmosphere for those in treatment, and fund research."
Since 1990, Don Imus of the Imus
in the Morning show has headlined a radiothon on WFAN that has raised $60 million to benefit charities such as TCF, The Imus
Ranch and CJ Foundation for SIDS.