Touted as “the most meaningful event” ever hosted by Brewer-based Independent Wrestling Entertainment, Saturday, May 24, promises to entertain. IWE, an organization that hosts professional wrestling tournaments throughout Maine, is hosting a benefit event to raise money for the family of Korbyn Garfield Antworth, who died in late March.
The 5-month-old died of injuries allegedly inflicted by Samuel T. Moore, 25, of Bangor, who was baby-sitting him at the time. Moore pleaded not guilty to related charges last week.
The benefit will include matches between well-known wrestlers from the area such as brothers Johnny and Joseph Primer and Alex Mason and Crash Landing. It’s been dubbed “Klash 4 Korbyn.”
Randy Carver Jr., communications director for IWE, said the tragedy resonated with him and others because Korbyn was the nephew of the organization’s executive director, known as “The Captain.” Carver said they all wanted to do something to ease the pain and decrease the family’s financial burden brought on by medical and burial costs.
“We were upset when it happened, and when things started piling up like medical bills, we tried to think of things we could do,” he said.
Carver said he wants the event to raise awareness, but also hopes it will be a happy night.
“I hope people take away that it’s important to look into who is watching your kids, but it’s also not supposed to be a sad event,” he said. “I hope that people have a good time in memory of Korbyn.”
The event will take place at Cityside Restaurant in Brewer, 393 North Main St. and tickets are $8, or $10 at the door.
For more information about the event or the Independent Wrestling Entertainment organization, visit iwe.homestead.com.