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Blue Collar Boxing

What a night! Thanks to our supporters, our Blue Collar Boxing event was an absolute knock out.

United For Good

The relationship between the AFL-CIO and United Way is built upon a mutual desire to create a better, stronger and more vibrant community. Partners since 1941, it’s that shared commitment to our community that led to the creation of this event in 2019. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from Blue Collar Boxing directly benefit the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education and United Way of the Midlands. 



$342,000+ RAISED

A Fight to Remember

On November 24 at Ralston Arena, spectators began pouring in when the doors opened at 6 PM. Everyone was excited to support their favorite fighters and the teams to which they had been assigned. After a rousing performance of the Star Spangled Banner and the presentation of the color guard, the fights commenced.

There were plenty of local labor union members that were up for the challenge! Individuals from nine different labor unions signed up to participate and train for the big night.

IAFF Local 385

IBEW Local 22

IBEW Local 1521

Operating Engineers Local 571

Ironworkers Local 21

Heat & Frost Insulators 39

Sprinkler Fitters Local 669

Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 464

Plumbers Local 16

But The Real Winner? Our Community!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event, as well as our wonderful sponsors, Blue Collar Boxing raised more than $342,000 for our community! The proceeds will be divided between United Way of the Midlands and the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education, empowering them to help thousands of people in need and provide job training, job placements and more.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

An event of this size doesn’t happen without the support of numerous businesses and individuals. So many people stepped up and said they were willing to stand in our corner, and we are so grateful for their support!

About the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education

While Nebraska is in the process of recovery and rebuilding, the state is still facing a workforce crisis. By creating opportunities for Omaha’s young people to gain exposure to and pursue careers in the trades, the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education (NCWDE) is increasing the qualified workforce in Nebraska.

About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro for more than 98 years. Guided by best practices and community input, this nonprofit approaches poverty in a specific way – a “united” way. With the support of volunteers, community partners and donors, UWM invests 93 cents of every donated dollar in our local community. These dollars fund more than 100 local nonprofit programs that are addressing pressing social and economic disparities and meeting families essential needs, such as food, a sate place to go after school and job support. Together, these programs create an entire circle of support around our community.

Save The Date

The third annual Blue Collar Boxing event will take place on November 23, 2022

Interested in sponsoring next year’s event? Click “Sponsor” to send us a note today. Interested in fighting? Sign up today by clicking “Sign Up to Fight.” 

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