Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.