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Syosset Businessman To Box For Charity

Jamie “Fly Boy” Austin, president of Syosset’s Austin Travel and one of the founders of Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC), will find out next week who he’s been matched up with on the card for the LIFFC Main Event scheduled for November 25 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville.

“I am one of 20 boxers eager to know the name of the boxer I have been matched up with,” says Austin. “The matchup announcement event creates tremendous excitement.”

Austin is one of more than 20 volunteer boxers, both men and women, from the local business community who, after months of preparation, fundraising and training will step into the ring to raise money for individuals and families in need, as well as vital charitable programs and services on Long Island.

That evening, there will be more than 10 bouts on the card, featuring business professionals who will go toe-to-toe on the canvas. An additional surprise bout will be announced soon.  

“I wanted to participate as a volunteer boxer this year because it is our 10th Main Event,” says Austin. “As one of the founders of LI Fight for Charity, it is my goal to help raise $200,000 this year in fulfillment of the mission we established back in 2003.”

“Since its founding, LIFFC has raised over $700,000 for local charities,” he continues. “By stepping into the ring myself, I hope to be an example to others and help to make this a record-breaking fundraiser.                

Tickets for the Boxer Matchup Cocktail Reception on Monday, October 7 at Carlyle at the Palace in Plainview are $10 per person and include food, beer, wine and soft drinks. The boxers will find out who their opponents will be at the reception.

This year’s event will raise money for The Genesis School, which provides people with autism specialized community-based programs and other opportunities; Long Island Community Chest, which provides short-term financial assistance to local individuals and families; and the National Foundation for Human Potential, which promotes, develops and encourages educational and support services for children and adults with different abilities.

For tickets and more information visit www.lifightforcharity.org.