FIGHT FOR THE ARTS PULLED NO PUNCHES AND ROCKED THE BEMIS CENTER!
Posted on 09/01/2007
Over 200 sports and art fans packed the Bemis Center's Okada Sculpture Facility. Jeff Kingï¿½s monumental wall-sized canvases set the stage with edgy, street-style art, and Scott Blake used interactive barcode scanning to pump the crowd up for fight mode with barcode versions of fight icons like Bruce Lee.
Flurries of punches and kicks flew fast and furiously through all eight fights, punctuated by up-to-the-second commentary by Mick Doyle and recent Ultimate Fighting Champion Houston Alexander (who showed the UFC Championships what Omaha is made of in his knock out performance last weekend in Las Vegas!) During intermission, fighters didnï¿½t go to their respective corners; instead they broke baseball bats over their knees and tossed the pieces to the crowd as fight souvenirs. These fighters are fierce!
No matter which way you cut it, artists, fighters, arts patrons and fight trainers all came together for the most cutting-edge, exiting arts fundraiser of the season, and they kicked off summer in one knock-out event!
Special thanks to our Fight for the Arts sponsors:
Clark Creative Group
Cubby's Old Market Grocery and Catering
Mick Doyle's Martial Arts Center
Residence Inn by Marriott, Omaha
Upstream Brewing Company