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Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald - Schools

'Slow Hand' Looks To Outlast the Competition

Steve “Slow Hand” Bernstein will be competing in the 10th annual Long Island Fight for Charity on November 25 at the Hilton in Melville.

The Old Bethpage resident has an admiration for the sport of boxing, which he grew up watching.

“I am a big fan of Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard,” said the 59-year-old. “Although I have never boxed before, I’ve always harbored a secret desire to actually get in the ring.”

Bernstein will also have something to prove to his friends and friends, who have doubted that he can compete.

“There is no fear at all. My friends and family, however, think otherwise!”

Even if he is defeated, it won’t be from lack of effort. Bernstein, who is the President of the Southampton Hospital Foundation, has been training at Fitness through Boxing with Rob Vanacore and Tony White, and he is confident that he is in great shape.

The event is expected to attract more than 1,200 spectators. The proceeds will benefit three charities. Among those: the Long Island Community Chest, a nonprofit group that provides immediate short-term financial support to individuals and families in need on Long Island. Funds will also be provided to Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), which offers services to people with mental illness, brain injuries and developmental disabilities, as well as The Genesis School, a Plainview organization that works with children who have autism.