Guns and Hoses raises money for children in need

Thousands pack the Ford Center for Guns & Hoses XII

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - With the help of Patrick Phernetton 911 and Gives Hope, Guns and Houses has been raising money for kids like her for the last 12 years.

“Our main focus is to try to raise money for people with disabilities and anything that involves kids,” said Phernetton, president of 911 Gives Hope.

Phernetton’s daughter Mickey was the inspiration to start 911 Gives Hope. She lives with Prader-Willi Syndrome and is the inspiration for many of the fighters who took the ring tonight.

“Mickey Phernetton. I’d gladly be punched in the face to be able to raise money for people like Mickey Phernetton,” said Hoses boxer Rob Ralph.

But of course, there is fierce competition involved. Hard hits and heavy blows. Phernetton appreciates what they do both inside and outside the ring.

“You know these are police officers, firefighters, medics, who risk themselves and their well being everday on the job and they are willing to come in here and risk it in front of 8,000 people. That’s pretty special,” said Phernetton.

But when the bell rings, no matter who comes out on top, the real winners are the kids.

“You know you pride yourself on being able to come out and represent them in a way that they would hopefully want to represent themselves," said Ralph.

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