The United Community Center recently held its annual employee auction as their way of giving back to the United Way campaign. The employee auction included an opportunity to participate in a “Boxing with Shorty” event which gave employees the opportunity to make a small donation and nominate their colleagues to spar with UCC Boxing Program and USA Olympic Boxing Coach Israel “Shorty” Acosta.
UCC’s director of youth programming, Virgilio Rodriguez won the opportunity to face off against Shorty.
In a surprise announcement, he had Milwaukee Bucks’ center Dan Gadzuric step into the ring in his place. After three one-minute rounds, the match was declared a draw, but helped increase the amount of money raised for the United Way campaign through the employee auction to more than $8,000. The total contribution from UCC was more than $46,000.