Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:14
The Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC) hosted nearly 250 supporters at a recent celebration held at the Hilton Long Island in Melville. Plans were announced for activities leading up to the Tenth Long Island Fight for Charity’s “Main Event,” scheduled for Nov. 25, 2013. At the main event volunteer boxers from the Long Island business community who have completed intense training will step into the ring for charity.
The first volunteer boxers who have been announced to participate in the 2013 Main Event are Keith Dawson of Patchogue, Anthony Giallanzo of Glen Cove, Mike Haltman of Woodbury, Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Kevin Kelly of Plainview, Bill Mabanta of Holtsville and Leaf Steuernagel of Bellport, as well as Scott Zuckerman and Joe Palumbo.
“It’s inspiring to see these devoted men and women take the time a year before the fight to introduce themselves and help raise money for charity. Boxers are making a significant commitment of time and effort for a worthy cause. We expect our tenth event to be our largest and most successful to date,” said Jamie Austin, of Austin Travel and LI Fight for Charity co-founder.
Businesspeople, corporate and professional sponsors, volunteers, alumni boxers, and nonprofit and community leaders gathered to look back at the impressive history of the LI Fight for Charity. More than 150 volunteer Fight for Charity boxers have met each other in the ring and have raised funds for worthy causes. No other Long Island fundraising organization has succeeded in raising more than $700,000 to distribute to individuals and charities in such a unique and selfless way. Long Island Community Chest, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) and the Genesis School Eden II Programs are among the not-for-profit organizations supported by LI Fight for Charity.
Boxer applications are being accepted now for participation in a limited number of main event bouts and are available by calling (877) 240-7821, ext. 1. Boxing experience isn’t necessary. Applicants must complete an application; obtain medical clearance; make a commitment to train (gym locations to be announced); attend LIFFC events, and raise funds for Long Island charities. Tickets for the Tenth Fight for Charity are available now for $100. The price will go up early next year. For further information, visit www.lifightforcharity.org.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”