Norristown’s Carver Center to host ‘The Knockout Against Violence’ showcase
NORRISTOWN >> The Knockout Against Violence Showcase, is coming to the George Washington Carver Community Center, 249 Jacoby St., Saturday, June 17, from 5 – 9 p.m. The event is organized by Denisha McFarland, CEO and founder of The Healing Hearts Foundation of Berks County Corp. and I Got Next TV, and guest speakers will be international boxing promoter Murad Muhammad, and Weatta Fraizer Collins, daughter of boxing legend Joe Fraizer and founder and CEO of The Legacy Exists Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund. At the age of 16, Muhammad served as a personal security guard for the legendary Muhammad Ali and in the 1970s went on to become the first African American boxing promoter licensed in New Jersey. He is the owner of M&M Sports Arena, and started a boxing training program to help young people establish self-discipline.
Weatta Frazier founded The Legacy Exists Joe Fraizer Scholarship Fund to honor the legacy of the late, great boxing champion through scholarships awarded to at-risk youth from Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties for educational, recreational, and social programs.
Gun violence victims youth advocate Chasnae McFarland Ortiz will open the show by singing the National Anthem and close the event with a reading of Tears I CRY, a poem she wrote following the unsolved murder of her father, Rolando Ortiz Benitez, 15 years ago. Ortiz has felt the pain of her peers and their families who try to cope with the loss and grief of gun violence and used her life story to become a voice for others in the community through her artistry and work with the Big Brothers Big Sisters and Rize programs. The Healing Hearts Connection has joined forces with various organizations to enrich the lives of young people through a holistic approach called the Healthy Life Initiative, which is committed to combatting violence and restoring unity.
The Knockout Against Violence showcase gives young people a unique platform to speak from the heart and offer a positive message through verse and word.
Admission to the event is $10 for guests and $25 for vendors. There is a $5 sign-up registration fee for participating performers from all genres. A portion of the proceeds will go toward upcoming community development projects. For more information, contact Denisha McFarland at [email protected] or (484)345-8878.