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Burgers and wrestlers collide for a good cause

Matthew Lane • Updated Jun 4, 2018 at 11:41 AM

KINGSPORT — When a Kingsport Hardee’s partners with a local wrestling promotion, you’re sure to get an evening of sweaty action and emotional drama, both in and out of the ring.

And the best part of the night? It’s all for a good cause.

The parent company, Carl’s Jr., and Hardee’s restaurants recently kicked off the eighth annual Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign. The campaign, which has raised more than $7.5 million since its inception in 2011, raises money to support military-focused charities, such as the Stand Up and Play Foundation and USA Cares.

For the second year in a row, the Hardee’s on John B. Dennis Highway is partnering with Innovate Wrestling of Kingsport for an event at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium on June 16. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Patriot Foundation.

“When a solider goes in to work, sometimes they don’t know when they’re going to get off that day. It’s a job that takes a lot of dedication,” said Jane Manis, general manager of the restaurant. “It’s the least we can do to help raise money for these people, to help them any way we can.”

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Hardee’s. General admission is $15 and front row seats are $20. Last year, the event raised about $1,700. Manis said she hopes to raise more than $2,000 for the campaign this year.

The main event will be a 20-person innovate rumble. Two competitors will start the match and then every 60 seconds another competitor will join the fray until all 20 wrestlers have entered the match.

Eliminations occur when a competitor has been thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the ground. When the match comes down to the final two wrestlers, it will break down into a standard singles match, with the winner being crowned by pinfall or submission.

For more information, go to www.innovatewrestling.com.

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