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Gleason’s Gala Is Frightfully Successful



A good time was had by all at BB King’s in midtown Manhattan last night, at the Gleason’s Give A Kid A Dream fundraiser, tabbed “Fright Night Fightfest” by gym boss Bruce Silverglade.

But, a better time was had by 12 years old Willee Murphy, and Shell Simone Griswold, whose costumes wowed the crowd, and earned them each $500 of cold, hard cash, for winning the Best Costume contest.

There were Trumps left right and center, and of course, pugilism on display. Seven bouts unfolded, and an ample crowd filled in to watch the scraps and pomp and pageantry. Tix monies will go to bringing underprivileged kids to summer camp in the Catskills, according to Silverglade.

See pic of Murphy, in costume, next to Jackie Atkins(above), and Griswold (below), a member at Gleason’s gym trained by world champion Alicia Ashley, in a demented Trump get-up.

“The show was a big success with a large attendance,” said Silverglade, who showed me an element of his costume earlier that day…

…at a media workout held at Gleason’s to hype a Nov. 11 pro fight card at the Nassau Coliseum.

“Seven exciting fights and plenty of fun and entertainment,” he said. “I’m tickled for the kid, his mom is great, too.”

Gleason’s fixture Heather Hardy’s outfit was a hit…

…; she was Harley Quinn and trainer Devon Cormac had his Joker cackle down pat.

“It was so nice,” Hardy said of the gala.

NOTE: The next GAKAD fundraiser runs in May 2018.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.