Daniel James Miller Foundation

Thank You MMA World Expo for the Charity Raffle

The MMA World Expo 2011 was held this past Sunday in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center, with a number of MMA, grappling and boxing stars in attendence. In addition to hosting the launch of former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture’s new book, “The Last Round”, the event offered grapplers the opportunity to compete in the Renzo Gracie BJJ Open tournament, and MMA fans to meet and take pictures with the pros they’ve seen fighting on UFC Pay-per-view broadcasts. Both Dan and Jim were in attendance to sign autographs and take pictures, and Danny himself made an appearance with his mom and sister to thank Paul and everyone else involved in the planning of the Expo for putting together a charity auction in Danny’s name. Tickets for the raffle were sold for $5 each, and the winner could not have been more deserving as the 60″ LCD HDTV was awarded to Carlos Habron, a US Marine Corp reservist who also serves as a volunteer firman and EMT.

Congratualtions to Carlos, and thank you to everyone who helped out by purchasing a ticket for the raffle, which raised over $700 for Danny. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help to provide little Danny with a better, happier life.

Photo courtesy of MMADieHards.com

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Mike Russell, True Fight Co. and the UG Combine on “Chocolate Al” Shirt Fundraiser

Although Saturday’s seminar is fast approaching, it’s not the only fundraising drive currently underway to help raise money for Danny’s future medical needs, as the Underground Forums have come together to start a T-shirt drive, as well. The shirt designs are based on an image drawn by Cage Potato writer Mike Russell’s daughter in which she illustrated the time her father met former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Chocolate Al” at a seminar. It’s adorable. The image was converted into vector art by UG poster mixedmartialfarts, will be printed by MMA clothing company True Fight Co. and shipped by UG member mdotbricks. Shirts are available in three colors (powder blue, paprika and lime)  and cost $23. All money spent, minus cost of printing, paypal service charges and shipping, will be donated to Danny.

Orders will be accepted until Sunday, December 4th, and can be placed here.

As with other fundraising, the outpouring has apparently been higher than anyone dreamed possible at the creation of the idea. In fact, Chuck “Chocolate Al” Liddell himself will be signing Chocolate Al shirts for inclusion in the upcoming fundraising auction. Once again, the support has been amazing and we wish to express our deepest thanks.

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