Published on Friday, September 16, 2016 | 1:06pm
Written By Sam Carrigan
On Thursday, September 15, Beat the Streets Wrestling™ held our fall fundraiser Tailgate & Tonics at the Ainsworth in Midtown. Over seventy patrons of wrestling attended this fundraiser to benefit the BTS Junior League, which kicked off the city’s largest middle school wrestling program that same day. The event raised over $9,000 to keep bringing the joy of wrestling to more kids in New York City.
The atmosphere was boisterous, with the Ainsworth’s loud dance music setting an energetic tone for the night. The lively, sometimes uproarious conduct of these veteran wrestlers drew some curious onlookers from the throngs of bar-hoppers who were out in the early evening.
One attendee, Chris Caldwell, came all the way from Boise, Idaho to make the event. As someone interested in wrestling and the field of finance, where many BTS supporters are working, coming out to support youth wrestling at this event was “a no-brainer.”
Ryan Abbott, a member of the BTS Leadership Council, spent the evening managing the 50-50 raffle. While other attendees relaxed, he was busy hustling more and more people into playing, even winning the participation of some non-wrestlers who were intrigued and persuaded by his salesmanship.
“Everybody makes a difference,” Abbott said. “Little differences count. This event is all about bringing clients, consumers, friends and families together to build on a cause. We all do it together.”
When it came time for the raffle drawing, the lucky winner was a Mr. Albert Kirchner. Kirchner demonstrated a magnanimous spirit and a true passion for helping NYC’s youth when he immediately donated his $300 in winnings back to the organization. “It’s a great gang and I’m glad they’re doing it for the kids,” Kirchner said.
Brendan Buckley, Executive Director of BTS, was also pleased with the evening. “This has been a terrific night,” he said, “Wrestling is alive and well in New York City, and Beat the Streets has played a major role.”