KELOWNA – Two Kelowna men who love professional wrestling and giving to local charities have combined those interests in a unique way.
At the heart of the fighting, or pretend fighting, is a desire to give.
“We want to raise a lot of money for some great causes, but we want to do it with a fantastic show, something maybe out of the norm for most people in Kelowna,” says Mike Chisholm, co-founder of the Kelowna Invasion professional wrestling event.
What started off as a casual remark a year ago to organize a wrestling event for charity has become a successful professional wrestling fundraising exhibition.
The first event’s popularity encouraged a second one last spring, and now there’s a third one in the works planned for Friday, October 17.
“It’s turned into this thing! We were going to do it for one event, last October and it turned into this massive thing that raised $16,000 and the next one was demanded for in May,” says Chisholm.
In just a year, Chisholm and his good friend Mike Rizzo have raised over $30,000 for six charities including the Kelowna Family YMCA Strong Kids Program.
“It’s so great to see when people in our community are helping to build it and grow it for future generations to come,” says Erica Hudson with YMCA of Okanagan.
Today, Chisholm and Rizzo presented cheques to the YMCA and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
Their third Kelowna Invasion event will be at the Rutland Centennial Hall.