Archive for Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Martial arts academy to hold benefit for St. Jude

February 14, 2007

Tonganoxie Martial Arts instructor Rex Hutton hopes his students can do their part next month to help terminally ill children.

The group will hold an exhibition March 3 in its building, 801 E. Fourth, with proceeds going to St. Jude Hospital. The fund-raiser is part of the national Martial Arts for St. Jude campaign.

"It's hard to turn down something, especially when you're talking about terminally ill kids," Hutton said. "So we're going to try to do something."

All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The hospital was founded in the 1950s by actor Danny Thomas, who died in 1991.

Hutton's martial arts students will be asking local residents for donations during the next month. And, residents also may donate money during the March 3 event, which will include three-round full-contact fights.

Martial arts students will participate, including two of Hutton's top students, Colten Weaver and Jessica Carlton, who have state titles to their credit.

The event will start at 1 p.m. Hutton expects it to last between two and three hours.

"All you can do is put it on and see how it turns out," Hutton said.

The martial arts academy also teamed up last summer with the Tonganoxie Sonic Drive-In restaurant for a fund-raiser that benefited breast cancer research.

"We're always doing something," Hutton said. "We've been called on and we're going to do our best."

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