By Brian Kelley
The Cauliflower Alley Club has been around for around since 1965 but if you happen to ask most wrestling fans (and some wrestlers) just exactly what and who they are? I am sure you might get some blank faces.
The CAC is a non-profit fraternal organization, the membership is world wide comprised of both retired and active professional wrestlers and boxers. The CAC also includes movie and TV stars who have played wrestlers or boxers
“The Ring of Friendship” as it is properly called has shown their kindness with helping the past and the present; They Help our hero’s in need with the CAC Benevolent fund. The fund was started over 14 years ago at the direction of former President, Lou Thesz, with an original donation of $2,000 from the estate of Mike Mazurki. Over these past 14 years, the benevolent fund has distributed grants totaling over $40,000 to retired wrestlers, managers, referees and others associated with the wrestling business who have been in need.
The CAC Scholarship Fund is prepared to offer financial assistance to those qualified individuals in need. Scholarships ranging from $250 to a maximum of $2,000 can be awarded to high school students preparing to head to college and those already in college who are in need of assistance. While most of their recipients have been wrestlers and it is certainly a pleasure to offer financial assistance to the next generation of great amateur wrestlers, the scholarship is available to those outside the wrestling world as well. As a matter of fact, they have awarded scholarships to two individuals outside of wrestling programs. In 2002, the CAC Scholarship Fund awarded Nick the maximum $2,000, but, upon announcement of how much his college bill was, through donations from members, Nick left CAC with over $12,000. That is what this club is about.
The CAC will be hosting the 2009 reunion April 13,14,15 in The Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The reunion will be having an awards banquet with a who’s who of Pro Wrestling past and present. Last year Stone Cold Steve Austin and Jim Ross made an appearance. This year JJ Dillon will be the master of Ceremonies. This is just a small listed of wrestlers expected to attend, Ted Dibiase, Super Star Billy Graham, Iron Sheik, Trevor Murdoch, Greg Gagne, Jean Antone plus 45 returning legends returning with many more confirming everyday.
During the weekend you can join in the first ever Wrestlebowl, a bowling tournament that is sure to be one of a kind. Of course there will be a wrestling show, that will be on April 12 and any wrestlers that would like to be a part of this dream card and let the best in the business see you MUST be a Cauliflower Alley Club member and membership credentials will be verified. I would highly advise trying to be part of history, they ask to send an e-mail with a resume and photo to Pro Wrestling Revolution at
Wow, that is a lot to miss out on. Don’t feel bad, I consider myself a lifelong wrestling fan and just recently took the initiative to become a member. For only $25.00 a year it was a small show of gratitude to the people that have entertained throughout the years. I was delighted when I received my very first issue of The Ear the CAC’S newsletter which comes out several times a year, 12 full pages of news, pictures, feature stories, announcements of upcoming events and other items of interest. You will also have a special place in “The Ring of Friendship.” Members also receive a membership card and parchment membership certificate, which is suitable for framing
Wrestling fans the CAC is just not a place for “The Boys” it is a place for everyone that want to show respect to the wrestlers and the sport we love. Anyone can join the club. You do not need to be involved in a ring-related profession. THE CAULIFLOWER ALLEY CLUB RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE MEMBERSHIP TO ANYONE DEEMED NOT IN SUPPORT OF THE FRIENDSHIP POLICY
If you have any further questions, please call Karl Lauer at (573) 729-2775, or e-mail at CAC@CauliflowerAlleyClub.org.
How would you like to win a Free membership?
Missouri Wrestling Revival is proud to offer a chance for one lucky reader to win a free one year membership to The Cauliflower Alley Club. All you have to do is send an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Under subject please put – MWR raffle for free CAC Membership. Please add your contact info. You can only enter one time and the deadline that you can send in the info is April 11, the drawing will be held on April 12.
This is absolutely FREE and anyone has a chance to win.
For more information on The Cauliflower Alley Club please take the time to visit their website.