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Golden Gloves State Championships
Charlotte County to Host Florida Golden Gloves State Championships April 14 – 17, 2011

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (April 06, 2011) – Florida’s top amateur boxers will convene at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Fla., to compete in the Florida Golden Gloves State Championships April 14 – 17, 2011. Sanctioned by USA Boxing, the event is expected to attract more than 120 boxers ranging in age between 8 and 35-years-old.

Doors open at 4 p.m. each day and bouts begin at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 and ringside seats are $25. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the following locations:

• Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center - 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda
• Microtel Inn & Suites - 4056 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte
• Nutrishop - 1804 Tamiami Trl., Suite E-3, Port Charlotte
• Pookey’s Mobil Mart - 13423 S. McCall Rd., Port Charlotte
• Florida Direct Insurance Agency - 2195 Tamiami Trl., Port Charlotte

Charlotte Harbor Boxing and Fitness Club is the host and beneficiary of the event. The Club worked with the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau to bring the state championships to Charlotte County. Last March, the Florida Golden Gloves North Regional Championships were held at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. The two-day event generated an estimated $362,500 in direct expenditures into the area’s economy. More than 1,000 participants and attendees, including 260 amateur boxers, traveled to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands for the championship.

Additional information about the Florida Golden Gloves State Championships can be found online at www.FloridaGoldenGloves.net. Those traveling to the area to watch the bouts can find lodging accommodations by visiting the Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands website www.charlotteharbortravel.com.

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers a pristine unspoiled beauty that has served as the backdrop for seven major feature films as well as countless memorable vacations. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named to SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” The city of Punta Gorda was named in September as one of “Top Ten Places to Retire Healthy” by U.S. News & World Report. Englewood, Fla. was just named as #2 of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com.

For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 502, Port Charlotte, FL 33948; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide; or visit the Web site at www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.

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Contacts:
Florida Golden Gloves: Mark Streisand, Tel: (561) 542-1331 or easymark1@aol.com.
Charlotte Harbor VCB: Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Tel: (941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottefl.com.

Charlotte Harbor Visitor
& Convention Bureau
18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 502
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-743-2245
www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com
Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteFL.com