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Teresa Wid, at left, congratulates Rail Fest organizer Don Kurre.
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Russ Jones, at left, and Kelly Wiseman

Rail Fest has received a $1,000 check from Midwest Championship fighting, part of the proceeds of the St. Patty’s Beatdown, a night of mixed martial arts fights on March 16.

More than 2,500 people attended the fight, promoter Kelly Wiseman said.

Wiseman, co-promoter Russ Jones and sponsors Teresa and Blaine Wid of the Platte Bar agreed to donate part of the receipts from the fights to Rail Fest and another local charity.

Rail Fest is a three-day celebration of the North Platte’s railroad heritage, held each year. This year it will be held Sept. 20-22.

Also, the promoters donated another $1,000 to Big Rob’s Bootcamp for Kids – a fight training camp for middle schoolers.

Jones said the camp is designed to get youth off their couches, off their cell phones, off the streets and into the gym. The donatinoa will pay the admission fee to the camp for the first 10 kids who sign up.

The camp begins a new session on April 20.

“It’s all of our duties to give back to the community,” Wiseman said. “The community really showed their support of Midwest Championship Fighting and we want to give back. Rail Fest is a great event that pays homage to an industry that has built and sustained this community.”

Midwest Championship Fights is also planning another fight night on June 8 at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Arena, on the first evening of the state’s annual Nebraskaland Days celebration.

Wiseman said they plan to make more donations from future fights to charitable efforts in the community.

Also, organizers are discussing plans to help remodel the D&N Event Center to enhance the viewing experience of future fights for ticket holders.

Fight promoters express thanks to all sponsors – Nebraskaland National Bank, Bud Light, Bill Summers Ford, the Touchdown Club, Knobel Refrigeration, Taco Bell, Kwik Stop, U Fillem, Monster Energy, Skyline Liquor and Twizted Needle Tattoo.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/6/2013
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