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Boxers For Tenth Long Island Fight For Charity Announced

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 November 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 and the Genesis School Eden II Programs are among the not-for-profit organizations supported by LI Fight for Charity.

A panel discussion with alumni celebrity boxers was hosted by News12 Long Island’s Elisa DiStefano and a Full Contact Speed Networking program were highlights of the evening. Dozens of people participated in the “Full Contact Speed Networking” program, where attendees were invited to “step in the ring” to take part in the region’s largest speed networking experience for the opportunity to meet new contacts.

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 tickets, visit http://conta.cc/T6jrox and for further information, visit www.lifightforcharity.org or www.facebook.com/LIfightforcharity.

News

Ethan Irwin to vie for Kemp Hannon's Senate seat

With just under six months until Election Day on Nov. 9, a Democratic challenger has announced his bid for the New York State Senate’s sixth district seat—covering Garden City, Farmingdale, East Meadow, Levittown, Hicksville, Bethpage, and Island Trees—currently occupied by state Sen. Kemp Hannon.

Ethan Irwin, an attorney from Levittown, has already received the endorsement of Nassau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs. On June 30, Irwin officially opened his campaign headquarters at Kennedy Memorial Park in the Village of Hempstead.

Village hosts internship pilot program

The Village of Garden City is currently hosting a pilot internship program this summer for four Adelphi University students. The eight-to-10-week test run is also the first time the school has partnered with a municipality, according to its Center for Career Services.

Planning started in May when Mayor John Watras approached Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi about the possibility of hiring interns during July and August. Suozzi, who said he had student interns at his last job, said the program helps provide college students with experience in exchange for a new perspective for village officials.


Sports

Ron Darling and Darryl Strawberry

appear at Citibank

New York Mets fans haven’t had too much to be excited about this season. The team is currently under .500 and struggling to stay in the postseason race. So when two former Mets who played on the magical 1986 World Series championship team came to Garden City last Friday, fans had the opportunity to relive the memories and smile.

As part of the Meet Mr. Met Tour, former Mets Ron Darling and Darryl Strawberry joined the Mets mascot, Mr. Met, at Citibank on Franklin Avenue for a meet and greet event.

Summer Concert Schedule

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:

July 24    Six Gun

July 31     Tangerine

August 7    The Terry Nova Little Big Band

August 14    Vintage Bliss

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Summer Concert: Tangerine

Thursday, July 31

Friday Night Promenade Continues

Friday, August 1

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, August 4



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