Press Release

Charity boxing match to take place in Lincoln Park


May 3, 2024 (Chicago, IL) – Forget silent auctions or fancy galas – a different kind of charity event is hitting Chicago. Real Estate Rumble, a charity boxing event, will take place at Park West in Lincoln Park on Thursday, May 16.

Sponsored by Vesta Preferred Realty, the event will showcase 20 Chicagoland real estate professionals ready to step into the boxing ring and duke it out for a worthy cause.

This year, Real Estate Rumble is proud to partner with GiGi’s Playhouse, the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, which serves at-risk children in Illinois. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit GiGi’s Playhouse and Mercy Home.

Originating over a decade ago, Real Estate Rumble has raised over $300,000 for charitable organizations. Ryan Cotter, the event’s host, shared that the boxing matches, held in front of enthusiastic crowds, not only entertain but also serve as a powerful way to raise awareness and funds for important causes.

In preparation for the event, the 20 real estate professionals entering the ring had the opportunity to train with a boxing coach before squaring off against their opponent. Each match is set to last three rounds. In addition to a live crowd, the vibrant atmosphere (click here to see highlights from last year’s event) will include an open bar, a DJ, an emcee providing ringside commentary for each bout, and lively cheering sections for each boxer.

To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, visit here.

About GiGi’s Playhouse: GiGi’s Playhouse is the only international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers dedicated to providing free therapeutic, educational, and career programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. With over 59 locations across the United States and Mexico, GiGi’s Playhouse programs provide individuals with Down syndrome the opportunity to maximize their potential to further grow acceptance, inclusion, and empowerment. For more information, visit here.

About Mercy Home for Boys & Girls: Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. It offers a safe home, emotional healing, education, and life-changing opportunities for young people and members of their families. It gives children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and even abandonment the therapeutic, academic, and vocational support they need to heal from the traumas of their pasts and build success for their futures. Mercy Home is almost entirely donor-funded and operates at two locations in Chicago – a campus for boys in the West Loop and a campus for girls in Beverly-Morgan Park.  For more information, visit here.