Former Lightweight Boxing Champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will be teaming up with local charities in the second "Stories from the Corner" event at the TGI Fridays in Stow between 6 and 9 p.m. on May 24.

The free event (VIP seats available) allows attendees to hear Mancini tell stories from his boxing and film career, as well as watch TGI Fridays "flair" bartenders auction off drinks prepared in a theatrical, bottle-flipping manner reminiscent of Tom Cruise in the 1988 film "Cocktail." There will also be a number of items auctioned off with all proceeds going to participating local charities.

The Grail Cooperative Foundation, a nonprofit network of local charities that work together to raise money and awareness for their respective causes, organized the "Stories From the Corner" series in an effort to not only help local charities, but to also show the value in cooperation. They encourage any local nonprofit organization or philanthropic individuals to team up in an effort to make positive community impact.

Attendees of the event can snap a photo with the former champ as well as ask him questions about his boxing or film career. Mancini, a Youngstown native, has been acting and producing films in Los Angeles after retiring from boxing in the early 90s.

He has since moved back to Northeast Ohio to continue his film production career and has teamed up with the Grail Cooperatives Foundation to help local charities.

The event is open to the public and to any and all charities that would like to participate. To take advantage of the charity giveback, attendees must present the Stories From the Corner flyer (with pre-registered charity name) to their server at any time the day of the event, and 20 percent of their food bill will be donated back to charity. You can find the flyer at or the Grail Cooperatives Facebook page: For more information or for charities who wish to participate, visit or call Michael Rossi at 330-272-5871.