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“UFC Fight for the Troops” raises over $4 million

Last Wednesday’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” telecast on Spike TV has raised over $4 million, the male-oriented network announced this afternoon in a press release issued to members of the media.

The telecast, which emanated from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was planned with the goal of raising charitable contributions for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF).

IFHF provides assistance to our nation’s military heroes and their families who have been critically injured in the performance of their duty. The Fund is currently seeking to raise a total of $65 million for a new medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland to be named the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE).

NICoE will be a 75,000 square foot, state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation center to provide leading edge services and support for soldiers with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The center will also conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing tele-health follow-up care.

In the release, IFHF President Bill White commended the UFC and Spike TV for the success of the event.

“We are profoundly grateful to the UFC and Spike TV for their extraordinary support of our nation’s Wounded Warriors,” White said. “Their efforts have moved us that much closer to complete the traumatic brain injury center in Bethesda for the service members that are fighting for our freedom overseas.”

5 COMMENTS
  • MWins says:

    I was very anxious to see how much money was raised. Thanks for posting this. Congrats to the UFC and Spike on such a monumental fund raiser for this over deserving cause.

  • GoofyMonkey says:

    I was wondering, while watching, if they’ll leave the call in numbers active for when Spike replays this event… Considering how often they replay (Just saying, not complaining) events they may still be able to gather a few more bucks.

  • JBAR says:

    It is great to see that the sport has grown to the point that it can do so much good for those who are so deserving.

  • Pat says:

    That’s awesome the UFC raised $4 mil for the troops! I honestly thought they would raise at least $20 million though.

    Given the fact that they had all that firepower of the A-list celebrities in Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson, amongst the other 10 or 12, I would have thought those individuals would have given $1 mil each. They are SUPER RICH, ya know?

    I look at it like this…America has so many filthy rich people; between movie stars, football players, basketball players, and baseball players, something like this should move these guys and gals to support the cause! It’s sad to see the pitcher from NY Yankees walk home with a $100 MILLION + contract and we can’t raise a measly $65 million to help our soldiers out.

    I’m believing that they will raise all of the money neccesary, but it should be one of those things where in like a week you have all of the money. These soldiers are fighting for all of us, so we can surf the net, blog comment on fiveouncesofpain.com , and walk around the streets without worrying about a crazy bomber.

    Again, congrats on the $4 mil…but America can do so much better.

  • ShoeThrowinReporter says:

    @ Pat

    Seriously? Fighting for our freedom? In Iraq? Brainwashed imbecile.

    Poor soldiers are dying for W’s stupidity and arrogance. Perhaps Bush should tell Haliburton to donate the $65 million. Surely, they’ve got enough since it has been DOCUMENTED that they’ve severely overcharged and since they have been awarded numerous no-bid contracts.

    But no, it needs to be a Yankees pitcher, blah blah blah. Perhaps the UFC should donate the entire $65 million instead.

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