Usher teams up with Camp Kudzu for Atlanta charity event

To help raise money during the auction portion of Camp Kudzu's upcoming benefit luncheon, which aids annual summer camp program for kids with type 1 diabetes, Usher has donated a signed pair of boxing gloves that he wore while preparing for his role as Sugar Ray Leonard in "Hands of Stone."

They're shown below.

The movie, not yet released, tells the story of longtime boxer Roberto Duran, played by Édgar Ramírez, who came glove to glove with Leonard during his career. Incidentally, Leonard was among the guests this summer at the New Look Foundation’s 15th anniversary benefit, and Robert De Niro, who plays Duran's trainer Ray Arcelin the film, was among the notables sending video messages of support.

usher's boxing gloves

Usher also donated this watch, which he designed personally:


The Camp Kudzu fundraising luncheon will be held Nov. 12 at a private Buckhead club and will honor Eloise Lamons for her support of the charity and Atlanta's diabetes community. Event registration begins at 10 a.m., the silent auction opens at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m.

From left, Camp Kudzu luncheon co-chair Chris Cann, honoree Eloise Lamons and co-chair Lisa Herman. Photo: courtesy of Camp Kudzu

"Kids, and even adults, with type 1 diabetes have to be brave 51 weeks a year. One week at Camp Kudzu offers a supportive and trustworthy environment where fear, frustration, denial and other demons can disappear," said luncheon co-chair Chris Cann. "And it all takes place under the guise of camping fun. The campers leave camp just as tired as any kid at a traditional camp, but what they don't realize, is that they often leave in better health, mentally and physically, and better prepared to settle back into mainstream childhood activities while managing diabetes."

Camp Kudzu anticipates serving approximately 650 youths and their families in 2015 through summer camp and weekend programs. Approximately 40 percent of camper families will receive camp scholarships through fundraisers such as the upcoming luncheon.

Individual tickets start at $100 and opportunities to fund camper scholarships are available. For reservations and other details, call Mandy Mosier at 404-250-1811 or see

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Jennifer Brett
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