Former World Boxing Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will be the special celebrity guest at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast's 25th annual Steak and Shake on July 19 at the IP Casino.
The Boys & Girls Club made the announcement at its special kick-off breakfast Thursday at the Biloxi Visitor Center, part of the organization turning 50 this year. The Steak and Shake event will start at 5:30 p.m.
Holyfield, 53, is considered one of the greatest boxing champions. Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) is the first boxer to win a version of the heavyweight championship four times.
Nicknamed "The Real Deal," Holyfield was born in Atmore, Ala., but later moved to Atlanta. At age seven, Holyfield won the Boys Club Tournament.
Holyfield's best-known fight was winning a third-round disqualification over Mike Tyson when Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear on June 28, 1997.
The Boys and Girls Club The organization has served over 3,500 youth with five Coast clubs: D'Iberville - IP Center, East Biloxi - East Harrison County Club, Gulfport - Forest Heights, Pass Christian - Qatar Center, and Hancock County. The club began in East Biloxi 50 years ago as the Boys Club, funded by the Biloxi Jaycees and spearheaded by then-Senator Tommy Gollott. It eventually grew into the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast.