POWDERSVILLE—A group of wrestlers is touting an Oct. 20 professional wrestling event as a way to raise money for Powdersville schools and to focus attention on bullying.
Organizers hope to raise money for Powdersville High School and Powdersville Middle School
“We came up with a way to be able to help school raise more money in one event versus doing numerous little things throughout the year with sometimes dismal results,” said Bryan Venable with American Wrestling Entertainment. “We’ve matched up with the middle school and high school, and they liked the idea of the event.”
The program, entitled “The Bullying Stops Here” will feature five wrestling events including a main event.
“The whole premise is to gear the story around the anti-bullying campaign,” said Venable. “We’re educating the kids that bullying is not cool. There are a lot of different types of bullying that go on, so this gets the parents and the students in it.”
“A lot of people think that bullying is just a big kid jumping on a little kid,” he continued. “It’s a lot more than that, so we just want to educate them.”
Venable says the main event will feature two popular wrestlers.
“The feature for our main event is going to be the Rock and Roll Express,” said Venable. “Robert Gibson and Ricky Martin are superstars in wrestling, and they immediately jumped on board. They haven’t been back to the Greenville area as a tag team in about 15 years. This is the first time since then that they will be back as a duo.”
Venable says the night will begin with a meet and greet the new Powdersville High School in the gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
“At 7:30 p.m. we’ll have an open area where the wrestlers will be all set up with tables so people can come by and meet them, get autographs and have their pictures taken,” said Venable. “The first event starts at 8:00 p.m.”
Venable says the event will be a solid fund raiser for both schools.
“The funds are distributed to the school, and the school chooses how they want to spend it,” said Venable. “The schools will actually come out with a few thousand dollars in one night.”
General admission to the event is $10 and VIP ring-side seats are $20.
“We told the students that if they sell two tickets, they will get in free,” said Venable. “It will be the same way at the gate. Even if a student doesn’t go to Powdersville Middle or Powdersville High, as long as (two adults) bring a student, they will get in free.”
For more information, call Venable at 864-354-9864.