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Boxers For Tenth LI Fight For Charity Announced

Plainview resident Kevin Kelly among first volunteer boxers announced

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. 

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The event paid tribute to veterans, past and present, and honored three deserving honorees: Guillermo Torres, Plainview’s Robert Reahl and Barbara Tortorice.

Torres is the winner of the Town’s Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Torres was wounded while on maneuvers.

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