Best Unsuccessful Attempt at Charity (2011)

Frank Mickadeit and David Whiting

Orange County Register columnists Frank Mickadeit and David Whiting trained to box in Costa Mesa for six weeks and were scheduled to go three rounds against each other with all of the proceeds going to local charities. Indeed, Mickadeit and Whiting, with the help of Barbara Venezia, another Reg columnist, raised more than $10,000 for the "Clash of the Columnists" bout. But on the eve of the fight, the paper's management refused to answer the bell. They decided to block the event because of worries over potential insurance claims against the paper. Good for Whiting and Mickadeit anyway.


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