Female boxers Eliza Schlesigner in red and Samantha Vulpis in blue at Black Tie Boxing (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Amy Pierce, Jordan Seff, Jennifer Hohman, Lou Savarese, Vanessa Ames (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Lou Savarese at Black Tie Boxing (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Tom & Robin Segesta (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Todd & Emilee Gross, Mary Sarah & Martin Hoover (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Meredith Marshall, Justin Garcia, Emily Hanley (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Mary Sarah of The Voice fame sings the National Antham at Black Tie Boxing. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Heather Bulk, Natasha Parvizian, Ashlee Rubbo (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Kevin & Brooke Lee, Iva & Curtis Knobbe (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Well-placed punches between amateur boxers trained at Savarese Fit Fight. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Jordan & Dylan Seff (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Amanda Boffone, Stephanie Fleck (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Berg Hospitality's Ben Berg at Black Tie Boxing (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Bert Weir, Pat Grimes, Marissa Lashari, Claire Schmidt (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Geraldine Cheang, Alok Menon (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Zia & Maya Fleyhan (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Donae Chramosta, Stephanie Perkins, Rania Mankarious (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Fady Armaniou & Bill Baldwin at Black Tie Boxing (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Shedding their suits and ties, Houston execs enter the boxing ring for charity. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
The black-tie crowd places their bets and cheers on the contenders at Black Tie Boxing. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Contenders Tad Hatcher in blue and Tyler Haab in red at Black Tie Boxing. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Amy Jones, Brittany Hutchinson, Leah Rabe, Veronica Galimberti (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Amy Pierce, Sherri Clement, Jennifer Hohman (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Tablescape decor at Black Tie Boxing (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
The Revaire is transformed into a dinner venue for boxing matches. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
It’s still hard for this girly girl to understand why a clutch of suits (i.e. commodity traders, investment bankers, etc.) would risk their pretty faces by getting in the ring and punching one another. Thus, I’ll never quite understand the Throw Down Society’s “Black Tie Boxing” benefit.
But applause, applause for those gents and the occasional femme who donned the gloves and raised $1.1 million in the fight against child sex trafficking. In short, the boxers were fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves.
The contenders, hailing from companies including Chevron, Kayne Anderson, Shell, Musket, Vitol and Citi Group, spend three to six months training with professionals such as former heavyweight boxing champion Lou Savarese at Savarese Fight Fit. Each boxer is regulated by USABoxing, the national governing body for Olympic-style amateur boxing.
In all, 18 amateurs (including two heavy-hitter women) entered the ring in the swank party palace The Revaire, where 625 black-tie attired guests had come for dinner, a swell live auction and cheering on the boxing matchups. They also had the opportunity to sip on a $100 glass of champagne, the purchase of which could mean the win of a dazzling diamond from Lewis Jewelers.
So popular is this event that 60 fans poured into BBLemon for the simulcast and 150 filled the house for the after-party there.
The third annual “Black Tie Boxing” fundraiser was hosted by the Throw Down Society in partnership with Savarese Fight Fit and Berg Hospitality’s B&B Butchers & Restaurant, the latter guaranteeing that the seated three-course dinner would be tops.
The food fest began with Chef Tommy’s signature appetizers — Bacon, Mini Carpet Baggers and Beef Wellingtons. For dinner, guests feasted on eight ounce Prime Filet, B&B Mac and Cheese, and New York Cheesecake.
The evening’s proceeds will assist Hope Rising in creating a center for emergency care for boys and girls who are victims of sex crimes and sex trafficking.
PC Seen: Monica and Ben Berg, Louisa and Lou Savarese, Jordan and Dylan Seff, Amanda Boffone, Stephanie Fleck, Loretta and Darren Horowitz, Stephanie Perkins, Lucinda Loya, Monsour Taghdisi, Amy Pierce, Rania Mankarious, Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin, Mary Sarah, Donae Chramosta, Tony Buzbee, Vanessa and Chuck Ames, and Stephanie Perkins.