The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley opened its doors to the public this afternoon as local members of the Youngstown boxing community came together to bring awareness to the "Move Our Mission" campaign as the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is looking to replace its current 88-year-old building which is damaged beyond repair.
Former world champion boxers Kelly Pavlik, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Jeff Lampkin, and Harry Arroyo were joined by former local standouts Craig Kitka, Craig Snyder, Ken Sigurani, and Roland Cummings to sign autographs, take pictures, and meet with fans from all around the Mahoning Valley.
Joining the legends of yesterday were a handful of current pro fighters from the region including Darnell Boone, Vinny O'Neill, Anthony Taylor, Anthony Congemi, John Gregory and Willie Nelson.
The pros were not the only ones who got involved as a handful of amateurs from Southside Boxing Club, including trainer Jack Loew were on hand to show support for the cause and to interact with the youth at the mission.
Those fighters who volunteered their time to the event, which was organized by mission volunteer Jason Elliot, were given a private tour of the facility and served lunch.
Those who were unable to attend this afternoon but still want to donate can do so by visiting www.moveourmission.org.
A special thanks Century 21, and Livin for Livi for helping sponsor the event and to Jennifer Sharp of Southside Boxing Club for her assistance in putting on such a phenomenal event.