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TNA Wrestling event to double as fundraiser for Red Cross

PLATTSBURGH - The excitement of TNA Wrestling coming to town won't just be felt at the Crete Memorial Civic Center this weekend.

Therapy Nightclub and Sports Lounge, located at 14 Margaret St. in Riverview Plaza, will host a TNA Impact viewing party featuring the club's 12-foot big screen this Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. This won't be just any viewing party, though, said Jimmy Taber and Greg Larson, two of the club's owners. TNA superstar Mickie James - the 5-foot, 4-inch wrestling sensation and TNA Women's Knockout Champion will be there signing autographs starting at 8 p.m. and sticking around until 10 p.m. to meet with TNA fans. The event will not only be a chance for people to meet brunette bombshell, it'll also be a chance to help those affected by the recent flooding that has devastated the region, said Taber. Donations collected at the event for autographed photos of James will benefit the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"We just wanted to be able to help all the flood victims," said Taber, "So, we decided to do something that would keep the money local. That's why we chose the Red Cross."

"We're all about helping charities, especially ones in our own neighborhood," he added.

It's the star power that comes with TNA that Taber and his business partners are banking on to bring in a sizable amount for the nonprofit service organization.

"We're hoping that with TNA being nationally-recognized, that will help bring a little more attention to the event," said Taber. "It's great that Mickie James is putting in her time and effort to be here to support this event locally even though they're not from here."

The autograph signing will be family-friendly, said Taber, with parents encouraged to bring their children to the event. The event will also double as a chance for Therapy to unveil new additions to its menu planned for this summer.

"This will be a chance for us to promote some of our new items," said Taber.

It's also going to be an opportunity to host another reason to visit downtown Plattsburgh, added Larson.

"We're glad to bring something new and exciting to downtown again," said Greg.

"TNA is definitely something fun and exciting," added Taber. "We want to do what we can to generate some more foot traffic downtown, which will help our business and the neighboring businesses as well."

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