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Muay Thai at the Mecca asking for Sandy relief efforts

Rudy Felix, left, lands a kick to Cornell

Rudy Felix, left, lands a kick to Cornell Ward, right, in the Muay Thai at the Mecca competition at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. (March 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Theater at Madison Square Garden hosts "Muay Thai at the Mecca 2" this Saturday night, and the promoter wants to help relief efforts from superstorm Sandy.

TaKe-On Productions is asking fans to bring clothes, food and other helpful items with them to the event. A donation table will be available.

"We can use Muay Thai as a way to unite the efforts of our fans, and do what we can to help the people who need assistance the most” TaKe-On Productions CEO Mike Gasparski said in a statement Monday.

There also are plans for a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to help victims and their families. A portion of ticket sales to the event -- the last one had more than 3,000 fans there -- purchased through takeonnyc.com through this Friday will be donated to residents in areas of greatest need.

“From the beginning, our mission has been to grow the sport of Muay Thai, and to give the fighters who work so hard an opportunity to really shine," president Eddie Cuello said. "Now we have a responsibility to help others on a much larger scale."

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