By KAROLYN GEPHART
“Salute to the US Military” is this year’s theme for the 9th annual Battle of the Badges event Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at Moody Gardens Convention Center.
Pearland Police and Fire departments and Alvin ISD Police Department are set to compete.
Battle of the Badges is a sanctioned USA Boxing show matching area police officers, sheriff’s deputies and constables against EMS technicians, life guards, and fire fighters.
The salute to the military opening ceremony will feature color guards representing all five military services. A five man squad of WWI re-enactors will be there. The National Anthem will be sung by Roy Powell (94 year old WWII and Korean War Veteran).
The event will feature lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight, male and female bouts.
Not only will it include the boxing bouts but also musical entertainment by tribute artists interpreting Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Selena.
“The mission of Galveston BOTB is to spotlight the men and women of our first responder corps. They, oftentimes heroically, perform their jobs day to day without applause or fanfare. Galveston BOTB strives to celebrate their accomplishments and at the same time provide them with an unforgettable experience. One in which, they are the stars of the show,” Officer and event chair Jorge Trevino said.
Sponsorships are available now as well as reservations for VIP seating. For VIP seating, contact Lewis Jackson at 713-898-7430. For sponsorship packages, contact Trevino at 409-771-7488.
General admission tickets can be purchased online at the Galveston Battle of the Badges Facebook page.
So far, Frank Diaz will represent Alvin ISD Police and in Pearland, Jennifer Wozniak, Ryden Cohen, Robert Little, and Chris Chisolm are signed up to participate.
Fire and police officers from most Galveston County cities as well as Pearland and Alvin are signed up for an event that has had sell out crowds each year, according to Trevino.
The event was founded in August 2009 and was modeled after a similar event held every year in Monroe, Louisiana.
“It is the best amateur boxing show in Texas. It features some of the most entertaining and elaborate fighter entrances anywhere. The competition is absolutely fierce,” Officer Trevino said. Trevino’s daughter, Christina, who works at UTMB, will face Pearland’s Wozniak. It will be Trevino’s fourth year.
Officer Jorge Trevino works with Alvin ISD Police Department.
For additional information, contact Trevino at [email protected]