Grays Ferry Boxing Club

$11,720 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 133 people in 31 months

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     Please take a moment to consider donating to the Grays Ferry Boxing Club for some much needed repairs. The Boxing Club is a 501-C-3 “Not for Profit” which offers membership for $20 a month and relies upon volunteer trainers in order to serve the neighborhood of Grays Ferry. Grays Ferry is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia that has historically struggled with drugs, violence and poverty. In 2001, the community came together with Michael Rafferty, a Philadelphia Police Officer and an ex-pro boxer with a record of 9-1-1 from Grays Ferry, to create the Grays Ferry Boxing Club, which has served as a glimmer of hope for the community. It has helped to create a space where people of any race or age could come together with a common interest, whether they are looking for a great workout and camaraderie or to box competitively with some going on to become professional boxers. It has created a sense of hope for the youth of the neighborhood, providing a path to get them off of the streets.
     In addition to building a stronger community, there are many individual success stories, such as those of Greg Hastings and Jesus Heard, as noted in this City Paper article: http://citypaper.net/articles/2005-08-04/cover.shtml. And of Brendan O’Callaghan, who joined the United States Marines after training several years in the gym. More recently, the gym was a starting point for brothers Frankie and Christian Carto. Christian won the National Golden Gloves and went on to compete in the Olympic trials.
      Along with the many boxers who have been through the gym, there have been quite a few volunteer trainers who have dedicated countless hours helping kids. The club was fortunate to have Jimmy Arthur, perhaps the greatest trainer of all time, spend his last days in our club, giving everything he had for almost ten years up to the very end. We carry and pass on his style and knowledge. And over the past few years former professional prospect and Grays Ferry native Angelo Novelli has been giving up his weekends teaching young kids what Jimmy Arthur taught him. People like Angelo and Tony Bersani also spend their own time and money on repairs for the gym.  
     The Grays Ferry Boxing Club remains very active to this day, but much needed building repairs and new equipment remain out of grasp of the club due to financial constraints. By donating, you will not only be helping to create a better atmosphere for those who box at the club, but you will be helping to improve the image of the neighborhood as a whole. The money raised will be used to fix the outside roof to prevent leaks, to fix the heating and cooling system, to repair the showers and floors, to beautify the building with a fresh coat of paint, and to replace key equipment. In particular, the club is in need of a new ring canvas and ropes, new heavy bags and speed bags, new sparring gloves and head gear.
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Happy Memorial Day to everyone .Thank you to all veterans who served and fought for our freedom. Just an update on the Grays Ferry Boxing Club, because of your generous donations we were able to fix the roof that was leaking for the past year. Thank you to Joe Fisher of union roofing who did the job for us. This will also benefit the Community Council and Barrett Center. We also purchased gloves, headgear a and other equipment for the kids and gym. Next step is installing the ring canvas and fixing the floor. Again this would not be possible without your generous donations, thanks again
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Incredible generosity over the past couple weeks. Big thank you to all those who donated and those who share our campaign post. Phil Durrant, former Brigantine Lieutenant just donated a brand new ring canvas from HBO.
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Thank you for everyone for your generosity. In the process of getting new ring canvas and roof. Happy Easter to you and your families.
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Big thank you to Jason Nark for taking the time to come to the gym and for his great article in the Inquirer and Daily News
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Angelo Salvatore Novelli
30 months ago
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Wow ! Kevin Duffy, Thank you Sir for your Generous Donation in Honor of your Dad, Pat Duffy Well known in the Philadelphia Boxing Community.We will honor your Dad in our Gym .Thank you Sir

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Angelo Salvatore Novelli
30 months ago

Grandfather

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Angelo Salvatore Novelli
30 months ago

Thank you all ,you all are invited to see the restored version of our Club upon Completion Thanks Again :)

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$11,720 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 133 people in 31 months
Created March 3, 2016
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Cathy Reynolds
4 months ago
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Donation to the club from Dave “Melvin” Reynolds

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Richard Berube
5 months ago
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Angelo hope this will help some my grandson is not boxing yet but will he wants you brother .Thanks for doing and being a good guy

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Edward DeAngelis
5 months ago
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Angelo good to see you working with the kids! Love the program, that’s awesome. I have an everlasting heavy bag in my basement as well I can donate if you want it. Best of luck to you pal.

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5 months ago
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Angelo Salvatore Novelli
30 months ago
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Wow ! Kevin Duffy, Thank you Sir for your Generous Donation in Honor of your Dad, Pat Duffy Well known in the Philadelphia Boxing Community.We will honor your Dad in our Gym .Thank you Sir

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Angelo Salvatore Novelli
30 months ago

Grandfather

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Angelo Salvatore Novelli
30 months ago

Thank you all ,you all are invited to see the restored version of our Club upon Completion Thanks Again :)

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