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Wrestling fundraiser set for Toys for Tots

A fundraiser benefitting Toys for Tots will combine a wrestling show with all-you-can-eat Mexican food Saturday in hopes that donations will help make Christmas special for many children from less fortunate families,

"For the 10th straight year, American Premier Wrestling and Statesboro STEAM Academy are hosting the BRAWL 40," said organizer Tom Caiazzo.

The all-you-can-eat fundraiser dinner show is being catered by El Sombrero Saturday, Dec. 1, at Statesboro STEAM Academy on Northside Drive East. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $10 ($5 for children under 10) and includes food, drink and entertainment. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are also appreciated, he said.

"The Emerald Match will begin at 5:45 p.m., with an official bell time of approximately 6 p.m.," Caiazzo said.. "There will over six matches, 2 ½-plus hours of non-stop action and entertainment."

The fundraiser is a "kid friendly event," he said.

The main event will feature a "Women's Revolution" Triple Threat match  between APW wrestlers Sweet Caroline, Sofi Castillo and Violet Payne. There will be five other matches, including a tag-team match between the champions, the Law Dawgs against the Rapture.

Other talents scheduled to appear include APW Triple Crown champion Young DC, "Cowboy" Jeremy Young, Damien, Speedy Arnez, Zeke, Baby D, Cujo and many others, he said.

All proceeds go to Toys for Tots.

"This event is one of APW's most successful fundraiser shows of the year, and it is a concept like none other," Caiazzo said. "It started 10 years ago at the old Ryan's Steakhouse, where people would eat dinner and watch wrestling at the same time.

"The tradition has continued at other locations, and there has always been an outpouring of community support and lots of sponsors." 

This year, sponsors include NAPA, D&R Intensive Car Care, Hall and Navarro Law Firm, Eagle Clips and Tanning, RaDonna Sapp All State Insurance and many others.

"We have partnered with APW for the last decade, and their fundraisers have been a complete success. They collect lots of toys and raise money to help the many unfortunate children in this region," said Willie Haynes of the Toys for Tots Foundation. 

For more information, visit APW's official website  at

You can also follow APW on Facebook and Instagram.

APW is licensed by the state of Georgia. APW fully enforces its "Fan Code of Conduct," which means no outside food or drinks, and video recording and laser pens are prohibited. Still photos are allowed, Caiazzo said.

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