This past Wednesday, Molly Qerim co-hosted the 2011 World MMA Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was her second stint as the show’s co-emcee. The festivities included the who’s who of the mixed martial arts world, with countless superstars stacked as far as the eye could see.
Instead of sifting through her lengthy Rolodex to decide who should accompany her to the black-tie event, Qerim decided to kick off the Holiday Season in style by providing some underprivileged youth with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the ceremony.
“Last year I had such an amazing time. So when they asked me back, I was thinking I wanted to share this experience with somebody that would truly appreciate it,” Qerim told 5thRound.com. “I got in touch with Boys Town, and we decided to bring two people rather than one so the boys wouldn’t have to be sitting alone during the awards show.
“They got a limo ride (courtesy of UFC president Dana White) to the awards and back, they had wardrobe taken care of for them, and I can’t even tell you how handsome and adorable they looked in their tuxedos. They walked the red carpet, we had dinner together and they got to watch the whole show in VIP seating. It was great to get to watch these kids get the royal treatment and get to see some of their favorite fighters in person. It was such a special night.”
Boys Town is a nonprofit organization that provides life-changing care to at-risk children and families across the country. Because of their achievements inside of the classroom and exceptional behavior outside of it, Boys Town selected 16-year-old Tyler (left) and 12-year-old Eric (right) as Qerim’s guests.
Needless to say, the trio had the time of their lives.
The unfortunate controversies surrounding Penn State and Syracuse University involving underage children have hoarded the headlines for several weeks, which has caused some organizations to proceed with extreme caution when it comes to their involvement with kids. Qerim, on the other hand, intends to go above and beyond the call of duty to help inspire America’s youth.
“I don’t consider myself a celebrity by any means, but it won’t deter me at all [from working with kids],” Qerim flatly stated. “If anything, it will make me want to help out more because if your intentions are pure, your mind isn’t even there.
“On a positive note, I think more people will take more precautions to make sure these different organizations and these people that are “giving back” are acting appropriately and hopefully we can hear less of these horrific stories.”