Richard Kay is currently Chairman of Sentrillion, Inc. in Reston, VA. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of OTG Software, a data storage, and email management software company, which he founded in 1992. Rick is a partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which holds ownership interest in Washington sports teams, including the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics, as well as the Verizon Center.
A native of the Washington area, Rick is also actively involved in the community and has served as Chairman for the annual Best Buddies Gala and as an honorary board member of Venture Philanthropy Partners.
This year’s Fight Night, which takes place Thursday, November 11, at the Washington Hilton, will draw 2,000 of Washington’s most prominent leaders in business, politics, sports, and the media for a night of camaraderie and charity.
Rick recently talked to us about Fight Night and what the event means for kids in DC.
ExecutiveBiz: In case one of our new readers just arrived from Mars, tell us the basics of Fight Night.
Rick Kay: Fight Night is the premier fundraising event for Fight For Children, which is a leading non-profit organization which fights to give low income children in Washington, DC a great education and support in healthy activities through out their life. My good friend Joe Robert started Fight Night twenty one years ago as a way to raise money for kids in DC, and since then the event has grown into the most recognized event in the area. Fight Night has raised over $30 million for low-income kids here in DC. The evening is full of non-stop entertainment and features legendary boxers, including Joe Frazier, Gerry Cooney, Aaron Pryor, and Roy Jones, Jr. and several bouts of professional boxing. It’s unlike any black tie gala in the area. Those who haven’t been before should get in now before it sells out!
ExecutiveBiz: What was your motivation for chairing this event?
Rick Kay: I’ve been to Fight Night many times and have always had a great time and enjoyed giving to a great organization such as Fight For Children. When Joe asked me to consider chairing Fight Night, the answer was an easy yes. This event does so much good for kids, especially in the realm of giving them a chance at a great education. I am proud that in some small way I can contribute to the success of Fight Night.
Executive Biz: Will you be chairing the event alone?
My friend and business partner Ted Leonsis has agreed to Vice Chair this year’s event. Ted and I are partners in Monumental Sports and Entertainment, and through Ted’s leadership as the majority owner we are focused on creating a DC sports environment that is fun for the entire family. There will be many local sports heroes at the event. We’re looking forward to making this year’s Fight Night one of the best yet!
ExecutiveBiz: Where will the money raised at Fight Night go?
Rick Kay: Fight Night raises money for Fight For Children as well as dozens of other charities serving kids in Washington, DC. Fight For Children focuses on educational and healthcare initiatives to ensure that all children in the nation’s capital have opportunities to thrive. Other beneficiaries include Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, Children’s National Medical Center, DC Scores, Mary’s Center, Capital Partners for Education, and Washington Scholarship Fund, to name a few.
In 2002, Fight For Children introduced the “Chairman’s Choice,” which gives the current Fight Night Chairman the unique opportunity to select a youth-serving organization to receive a substantial one-year grant. I’ve selected Camp Caring, an organization that works with schools to help children deal with the loss of a loved one. Kids that go through the program end up doing much better in school.
ExecutiveBiz: Are tickets and tables still available?
Rick Kay: They are moving fast, but you can still get in. If anyone is interested in tickets or being a sponsor, they should call Liz Warnecki at 202-772-0416 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us as this will be a night to remember.