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Carmena Jarrett is a native of Atlanta. The middle daughter of immigrant parents, she always dreamed of being in the entertainment industry. It was while in high school she got the courage to write humorous anecdotes about the daily mundane life of teenage adolescence. After graduating, writing became more than a way of expression, it became love. She pursued a major in Journalism with a minor in African-American Studies at Georgia State University.
While there she earned an internship with Purple Ribbon Records, an Atlanta-based music label headed by Big Boi of hip-hop act Outkast. She quickly learned the behind-the-scenes basics of entertainment. Her BIG personality landed her projects with other artists and venues around the city working with musicians Killer Mike and Anthony David, as well as music venues Sugar Hill and 595 North Event Center. When she is not freelance writing you can find her compulsively shopping with friends and family, cooking, or doing Pilates.

Recap: Atlanta Coporate Fight Night Benefits Local Charities

Terri "The Boss" Moss and General Manager of 595 North Event Center Crystal Hall

Terri “The Boss” Moss and General Manager of 595 North Event Center Crystal Hall (Photo credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Muhammad Ali said “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and Terri Moss totes that fine line with beauty and raw power. On August 8, nestled under the city’s skyline, Atlanta Corporate Fight Night took to the ring to benefit local charities at 595 North Event Center near downtown Atlanta. The air was hot and humid, the perfect backdrop for a night of competition. I have been to 595 North Event Center many times but the versatile space transformed its lofty New York appearance into that of the MGM Grand.

Doors opened at 5:30 pm for the VIP reception and silent auction. Over 300 guests dined on a gourmet buffet and sip complimentary signature cocktails from Fuzzy Vodka, which included the “Dirty Fighter” and the” Knock Out”.  The matches got underway at 7 p.m. with wall to wall spectators. Atlanta Corporate Fight Night takes corporate professionals and trains them for competition in sanctioned amateur boxing matches.

Silent Auction Item (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Silent Auction Item (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Some of the charities that benefited from the “black tie, black eye affair” were Mental Health America, Chris Kids, The Mad Housers, and Church’s Partners Foundation, as well as a host of others. In order to participate in the bouts, contenders had to formally commit to a 10- to 12-week training program with a knowledgeable trainer and garner sponsorships for the charity of their choice. There were 10 matches and the fighters were paired together by weight class and go pound for pound for three two-minute rounds.

DJ Nabs and Sir Bow Tie (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

DJ Nabs and Sir Bow Tie (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

The gala has raised $20,000 for charities in the Atlanta area since its inception in 2010. I had a chance to speak with Terri and find out what inspired her vision for the event: “I got the idea when I was competing in New Zealand, I think boxing and charity should go together,” she said quite simply. I couldn’t agree more. It made me appreciate what a great concept she has going for herself; not to mention a great spirit, a fighter’s spirit.

 

 

Philip Spear (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Philip Spear (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Leeann Cartwright and Carol Muftich (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett

Leeann Cartwright and Carol Muftich (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett

Silent Auction Items (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Silent Auction Items (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Sir Bow Tie and Crystal Hall (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Sir Bow Tie and Crystal Hall (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Carmen Copper (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Carmen Copper (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Sir Bow Tie and Terri Moss

Sir Bow Tie and Terri Moss (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Mad Housers Tracy Woodard (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Mad Housers Tracy Woodard (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Sulli and Turtle (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

Sulli and Turtle (Photo Credit: Carmena Jarrett)

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