August 17th Three Time Ultimate Fighting Champion Dan “The Beast” Severn concluded his Beast Tour with a charity event at the VFW called Beast Bash. The event was sponsored by Knife and Hand to Hand Combat.com, Posh Blocks of Lake Worth Texas, SAS Fitness Solutions of Cedar Hills Texas, Old Glory Ammo from Bryan Texas, NOS Bar in Azle Texas, Spartacus and Arrow actor Manu Bennett, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and Dan “The Beast” Severn. As the Fort Worth Martial Arts and Libertarian Examiner, this writer had promised to give readers the full scoop on these events and here they are.
The intent of this day long gala was to raise funds and awareness for VFW Post 8235, who runs community programs like Meals on Wheels five times a week, veteran work programs, programs to help homeless vets and in school programs for kids. This is all done by volunteers. VFW Post 8235 also runs programs for active duty military personnel that are returning home from deployments.
A side bar intent of this event was to raise money for Melissa Spradling, co-owner of SAS Fitness Solutions. Melissa was recently diagnosed with a fatal condition that requires a surgery which her health insurance does not cover. She is not covered under the conditions of the new healthcare law and the only way to afford this lifesaving surgery is to come out of pocket. Melissa’s husband and owner of SAS Fitness Solutions; Seth, is a fan of Dan Severn. When he had contacted Dan to tell him about this issue and to see if Dan would get on board to help him get his business out to the local area; Dan Severn stepped up to the challenge.
The funds raised during this event were to be split down the middle between the VFW and Melissa Spradling. The Spradlings had no idea that this was the case. The Spradlings simply thought that during the Beast Tour they would have the ability to go to the various events and get their name out to local businesses and other people that attended these gatherings. They were also under the impression that they were simply sponsors for the culminating Beast Bash event and not beneficiaries.
Beast Bash kicked the day off on a rough start. Originally slated to be an outdoor event; bad morning weather had forced all of the vendors inside to set up tables. Three of four food trucks had cancelled out, leaving Best Bayou Bites as the lone survivor. Vendors cancelled. Competitors for the Men’s Arm Wrestling and Female Submission Grappling/ Mud Wrestling cancelled out. At first it appeared that all was lost. Then a stroke of luck. DJ Dan Taylor showed up with music to rock the house and bring life to the party. As the day went on the pace picked up with honorable mention to the vendors that made it all happen. Melinda Randall and Janet Pharris showed support by setting up a table selling pottery. Jeff Church was “Johnny on the Spot” with his Mosaic work. Posh Blocks was on the scene offering high quality custom home décor. Old Glory Ammo had a table featuring all of their products and their 2A Apparel T-shirt line. Dan Severn was on hand the entire day mingling with the crowd taking photos and signing autographs.
Later in the day there was Men’s Arm Wrestling, more live music from a great volunteer performer called The Saturday Giant and a Women’s Submission Grappling Oil Wrestling Event. The day slowed to a halt with prize raffles, more photo opportunities with Dan Severn and the closing remarks. At the end of the procession Dan Severn personally handed the VFW Commander Charles Beltram their portion of the funds raised. In a surprise announcement he also handed Melissa and Seth Spradling, their portion of the funds raised. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then just when you thought that a great end to the event was finishing up, VFW Post 8235 Commander stepped forward and asked to make an announcement. VFW Post 8235 then donated their portion of the funds raised to the Spradlings.
- Highlights of the day:
- Great Vendors. All the vendors mentioned in this article donated a portion of their profits and / or products to be raffled.
- Best Bayou Bites delivered great food with great service
- DJ Dan Taylor impressed all with his ability to work the crowd with both music and the mic.
- The Saturday Night Giant, a true one man band. The Saturday Night Giant was brought to the event by the folks at NOS Bar in Azle Texas.
- Jacob Portillo defined himself as the Beast Bash Men’s Arm Wrestling Champion in open weight class competition.
- Loui V “The Louisville Slugger” edged out a very competitive win over opponent “Smurf Mamma” in the Female Submission Grappling / Oil Wrestling Finale; which had the entire house on their toes
- The final remarks of the procession delivered by Dan Severn, which triggered tears from all in attendance.
At the end of the day, this event was a great example of how in only 17 days a community can come together to help each other out for a great cause. If one were to look at this event as but a microcosm of the greater society, then one must also come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe there is still some hope left for America. Just imagine what would have been possible with more time. Dan Severn and Knife and Hand to Hand Combat.com are already planning for a 2015 Beast Tour event that will once again culminate with a Beast Bash. Only next time it will have months of planning and preparation and is expected to be at least double the size of this year’s event.
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