A local amateur martial arts club will hold a fundraiser Friday night at the Roxy Theater to benefit Longview’s proposed emergency cold weather shelter.
Invasion-FC, a club run by Longview resident Brittnay Marquez, will hold a series of showcase matches starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is all-ages and styles include kickboxing, Muay Thai, grappling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Marquez said local live music will start at 6:30 p.m., while the matches will start closer to 7:15 p.m. There will be a beer garden, she said, as well as food to purchase, and Cowlitz County Tribe members will perform a drum ceremony before the event.
The cost is $25 dollars at the door for general admission and $35 at the door for reserved floor or balcony seating. Children under 10 years old are free with an adult ticket.
She said a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Love Overwhelming, the group that would manage the shelter, and she also welcomes those who attend to bring donations of money, food, clothes or blankets for the emergency shelter.
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The Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association has proposed to open the temporary shelter in First Christian Church, at 2000 East Kessler Blvd. The proposal has been met with community criticism about the shelter’s proximity to a preschool and Kessler Elementary Schools, even though the shelter will not operate during school hours. The shelter only would be allowed to operate when the city declares a severe weather emergency (when temperatures are above 100 degrees or below 32 degrees).
Love Overwhelming is partnering with the association to staff the shelter and help plan it, at the request of the ministerial association. Nonprofit Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) is holding funds to run the shelter and will reimburse for operations.
“We’re trying to work as a community,” Marquez said.
More information can be found on the Invasion-FC Facebook page.