Atlantic City City Council Remembers Leavander Johnson Friday in ceremony

New York, September 21—On Friday, September 22, the Atlantic City City Council will hold an official “Street Naming Ceremony” in remembrance of its valiant boxer and hometown hero Leavander Johnson, World Lightweight Champion who died tragically from ring injuries one year ago on September 22, 2005. Leavander was promoted by DiBella Entertainment during his championship run..

The ceremony will also include the unveiling of a plaque and renaming (dedication) of the third floor gym, where Johnson trained, in his honor. The events will be held in the Police Athletic League Building, located at 250 North New York Avenue (between New York and Mediterranean Avenues) in Atlantic City at 12:00 noon. Councilman at Large Eugene Robinson, City of Atlantic City, will preside over the ceremony.

Leavander’s father Bill, who was the fighter’s trainer, mother Vivian, and brothers Craig, who was Leavander’s manager, and Cade, will be at the ceremonies along with other members of the Johnson family. DBE president Lou DiBella, vice president David Itskowitch, and other members of the DBE staff will also be in attendance at the dedication.

The LEAVANDER FUND has been set up for the essential needs of Leavander's children and their education. Those wishing to make Non Tax Deductible donations to "The LEAVANDER FUND" can do so by writing a check payable to:

c/o DiBella Entertainment
350 Seventh Avenue
Suite 800
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Meredith Greenberg

Article posted on 20.09.2006

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