Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chuck Liddell and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Doug Marshall recently signed autographs and took pictures with over 900 fans in Visalia, Calif. to raise money for the Bullard High School Jazz Band. The money ensures that the band will be able to travel to Reno, Nev. for a competition at the end of April.
Due to cutbacks in school funding, the band was faced with not being able to compete this year. The high school students had scrambled to raise money through a talent show and car wash, but were still short of the needed funds to travel to the competition.
Liddell heard about their dilemma and offered to do a signing at Giant Chevrolet and donate all the money raised to the high school band. Over 900 fans showed up with lines stretching for blocks. Liddell stayed and signed for every fan before heading back to San Luis Obispo.
WEC co-general manager Reed Harris, who assisted in organizing the event, indicated that he would present a check to the Bullard High School Jazz Band this week for $5,000 dollars, which will allow them to compete.
“I can’t tell you how grateful we are to Chuck Liddell and Doug Marshall for doing this. They were great. The fans got to see their favorite fighters and their support of the arts. Especially at the high school level, this is so important.”