Folks can enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza and watch live wrestling matches in Statesboro Saturday, and help make Christmas happen for children who would not have any presents under the tree.
The seventh annual Toys for Tots BRAWL Dinner Show, to be held Saturday at the Statesboro STEAM Academy, will feature World Wrestling Entertainment talents “Right to Censor” Stevie Richards, as well as Johnny Swinger and the “Cowboy” Jeremy Young, said organizer Tom Caiazzo.
Other talents booked to appear are the American Premium Wrestling World champion "Big Bear Boone," "Jinx the Clown," "Future" and "Amor," he said.
Pizza will be provided by Primo’s Italian Pizza Kitchen, and a wristband allows unlimited access to pizza and drinks. Wristbands are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. If someone doesn’t want a meal but just wants to watch the show, tickets are $8 and $4, he said.
Guests will be seated at a table next to the ring where they can “enjoy dinner while watching pro wrestling in a family-friendly environment for a cause,” Caiazzo said. “There will be prizes, surprises, and more. This is the best family-value entertainment in the Boro, and it is for a great cause.”
For the seventh consecutive year, Statesboro’s American Premium Wrestling and the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program are teaming up to organize the 2-and-a-half hour professional wrestling sports entertainment show.
“Every year for the Tots BRAWL show, APW brings in a high-profile nationally recognized wrestling superstar to draw the largest crowd possible,” Caiazzo said.
According to American Premium Wrestling Chancellor Bob Marsh, “The BRAWL 25, our silver anniversary show, is loaded with the best wrestling talent ever assembled for a show. We want this one to be extra special for the kids.”
In December 2015, APW’s annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser Dinner Show was held at Ryan’s in Statesboro, and with the help of many community sponsors, “the event raised lots of money as well as collected nearly 300 toys,” said Marine Gunner Willie Haynes, Toys for Tots area director. “We have an effective and established relationship with APW, and we are praying for another great turnout and show.”
American Premium Wrestling has several sponsors for this event, and there are toy drop boxes at many local businesses including D&R Car Care, Ocean Galley Seafood, Cricket Wireless, NAPA Auto Parts, A&P Wrecker Service, CAKE Bakery, RaDonna Sapp/All State, Southern Cakes Bakery, Bulloch Janitorial Supply, Burger King, First Franklin Financial, Primos Italian Pizza Kitchen, Brooks Financial Services, El Sombrero, Country Financial and Statesboro STEAM Academy.
“Since 1999, APW has stood for God, community and tradition. This is what we are all about, and we have already collected over 150 toys,” said APW CEO, "Cujo" Hart-LeDuc. “We plan to break last year’s record. Along with all of our community sponsors, APW is doing everything that we can to make sure that no boy or girl goes without toys this Christmas season.”
The Statesboro STEAM Academy is located at 1718 Northside Drive East in Statesboro. There is parking in the front and side of the building. Tickets will be available for this event the day of the show starting at 5 p.m., which is when the doors will open. The Emerald Match starts at 5:45 p.m., and the official bell time is 6 p.m.
For more information, you can visit American Premium Wrestling at their official website: www.apwonline.net.