Many people gathered on Thursday, Aug. 22, to help an up-and-coming organization called Falling Stars open a boxing gym in Round Lake to help local youths.
The main focus of the All Star Boxing gym is to help mentor and guide youths through their roughest years, where peer pressure and temptation are at the highest point.
The group's aim is to give these children the confidence they need to guide them along a path of success in life.
The gym will be open during the evening hours, giving youths a place to go that is supervised by adults.
Copas Bar and Grill hosted this fundraising dinner event. Attendees included Round Lake Mayor Dan MacGillis, State Sen. Melinda Bush and Round Lake Beach Mayor Rich Hill, along with many others, to support Jose Hernandez's new organization.
Hernandez grew up in the Round Lake area and has been boxing since he was 15 years old. He has fought on HBO and ESPN many times. His career has led him to fight the undercard of one of the biggest pay per view fights, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather.
The boxing gym is the beginning of what Falling Stars is shooting to accomplish. It wants to add dance, music and other extracurricular activities to the program.
All Star Boxing is set to open in late September.
If you are looking to volunteer or donate, contact Hernandez at (847) 340-1450.
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