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Local developers enter the ring in support of HomeAid Orange County

Homebuilders fight for the cause of ending homelessness in O.C.

by Jason WheelerPublished: November 14, 2012 09:15 AM

Executives and from the Irvine Company, Rancho Mission Viejo, Ryland Homes and Shea Homes lined up to don boxing gloves last week to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County, the organization that builds homes for the homeless. The series of bouts pitted representatives from Orange County’s largest homebuilders and developers at the

The first-ever “Fight for a Cause” was held at the Urban Arena in Costa Mesa on Nov. 9. Proceeds benefited HomeAid for more homebuilding efforts.

“Fight for a Cause promises to be one of the most exciting and innovative opportunities yet for people to support HomeAid OC,” said Scott Larson, executive director of HomeAid Orange County, prior to the event. “The idea of stepping into a ring for most people is outside their comfort zone and this is what makes it such an exciting challenge.”

The event included four professional fights as well as two fights between top real estate executives. The scheduled matchups were Dave Conley from the Irvine Company vs. Paul Johnson from Rancho Mission Viejo and Richard Douglas of Ryland Homes vs. Bob Yoder of Shea Homes.

“It’s a fantastic experience to get in the ring, especially when these guys have never done anything like this before, said Michael Schrock, chief executive officer of Urban Arena. “This is a great opportunity to raise much-needed funds for HomeAid OC and hopefully have a lot of fun.“

Admittance is $50 and includes all boxing matches, unlimited food and drink and an after-party. The event also featured VIP ringside seats with waitress service with the opportunity to be a judge and referee.

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