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SHERIFF’S EMPLOYEES TO STEP INTO THE RING TO HELP WOUNDED VETERANS

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Friday, August 6, 2010— Eight Cook County Sheriff’s employees, including two veterans, will be stepping into the ring to compete in a series of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights against an elite squad of fighters to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, Sheriff Tom Dart announced today.

The “Hall of Fame” MMA fights begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6th at the Teamsters Auditorium, 328 S. Marshfield, Chicago.  The event is open to the public.  Admission is $25.00 and the doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The sheriff’s employees, who come primarily from the Sheriff’s Police and the Department of Corrections, will be squaring off against an all-star squad of MMA fighters comprised of Teamster members from Indiana and Ohio who travel together to compete.  While the sheriff’s employees have participated in MMA fights before, this is the first organized event they will all be competing in together. 

All money raised will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project which supports wounded servicemen and women.  This is not the first time the sheriff’s office has donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.  In May, the sheriff’s office donated money raised from its Law Enforcement Ride for Veterans to the cause.  This is part of an ongoing commitment on the part of the sheriff’s department to assist veterans in a variety of manners that also includes internships, employment and other innovative programs.

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