Call it the thriller in Melville. Or call it by its official name, the 12th Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC).
Professionals that include sales managers, attorneys, family physicians, techies, CFOs, personal trainers, and retail and marketing managers from across Long Island’s business community will lace up their boxing gloves next month to raise funds for Long Island charitable organizations.
As many as 1,200 spectators are expected to gather to watch 26 volunteer boxers go toe-to-toe on the canvas in 13 bouts of three rounds each at the Hilton Long Island in Melville on Nov. 23. The boxers and bouts were announced at the Boxer Matchup Reception, held at the Carlyle at the Place in Plainview, on Monday to set the stage for the main event.
Proceeds from the LIFFC fundraiser are donated to the Long Island Community Chest, the East Meadow-based Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential.
“Every year I am amazed at the new group of boxers who volunteer, train and raise money for the Long Island Fight for Charity,” said LIFFC Co-founder Jamie Austin, director of online business solutions at Protravel International in Syosset.
One bout is between Rick “Union Made” Iaccarino of Dix Hills, a managing partner of Barnes, Iaccarino & Shepherd in New York, and Todd “King of the Ring” Ringler, president of Calm Waters Consulting in Lindenhurst.
Iaccarino said that he is honing his boxing techniques at the Westbury Boxing Club in preparation for the match.
“I understand Todd is an accountant who will be a worthy contender,” Iaccarino said. “He is just committed as I am to ‘giving back’ to his neighbors by raising funds for local charities as I am.”
Said Ringler: “I’m looking forward to donning my gloves and getting in the ring with Rick, and boxing for charity to help people less fortunate than I am.”
LIFFC is among the area’s largest charity networking events. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has donated nearly $1 million to charities.
“While it is exhilarating we must recognize that these individuals will be getting in the ring to raise money for local people who are in need and who are fighting to overcome challenges every day,” Jeff Cohen, co-founder of LIFFC, said of the event.
For Fight for Charity Main Event tickets, sponsorships and other information visit: lifightforcharity.org or call (877) 240-7821.
Main Event Boxer Matchups
- Omar “The Finisher” Alvarez of Huntington; sales manager at Atlantic Auto Group in Seaford vs. Michael “The Litigator” Romano of Franklin Square; attorney at Romano & Associates in Garden City.
- Paul “Lights Out” Bartoszewski of East Northport; senior operations analyst at Sugar Foods Corp. in New York vs. Brendan “The Showstopper” Sweeney from East Islip, major accounts and wide format specialist at Doctor Print in Hauppauge.
- Ian “Lucky Charms” Murphy from Garden City, sales consultant at Trinet in Melville vs. Luis “Wild Card” Batres of Franklin Square, audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Melville
- Peter “The Kings Park Krusher” Stein from Kings Park, sales executive at Lorraine Gregory Communications Group in Farmingdale vs. Dr. John “The Blood Pressure” Boccio of Plainview, family practice physician at Bethpage Primary Medical Care in Bethpage.
- Chuck “The Bulldog” Campagna of Huntington Station, logistics/operations director at Napco Security Group in Amityville vs. Andrew “Timeless Classic” Nerone from Syossett, US managing director at Paladin Solutions Group in New York.
- Matthew “El Fuego” Galiano of Mineola; co-owner of TCI Technologies in Mineola vs. Filippo “Triple F” a.k.a. “Fat Free Fili” Impennato of Franklin Square; director of business development at Fat Guy Media in Mineola.
- Craig “The Machine” Simon of Dix Hills, senior managing director at Crystal & Company in New York vs. Michael “Machine Gun Mike” Graziose of Locust Valley, vice president of L. Graziose Plumbing & Heating in Locust Valley.
- Cathleen “The Rock” Healey-Frosina of Garden City; chief financial officer at Jonis Realty in Great Neck vs. Jamie “The Trainer” O’Mara from Huntington, personal trainer in Huntington.
- Laurette “The Warrior” Holst of Lindenhurst, general manager of UFC Gym at Huntington Station vs. Lisa “The Diva” Mongelluzzo of Huntington, retail manager in Huntington.
- Rick “Union Made” Iaccarino of Dix Hills, managing partner of Barnes, Iaccarino & Shepherd in New York vs. Todd “King of the Ring” Ringler of Lindenhurst, president of Calm Waters Consulting in Lindenhurst
- Susan “Super Sue” Vaughan of Locust Valley; direct marketing manager at Lufthansa German Airlines in East Meadow vs. Rhonda “Master of Financial Disaster” Klch of Mount Sinai, president of Equity First USA in Coram.
- Dr. Ronald “The Mazzacutioner” Mazza of Northport, chiropractor at Synery Multicare Professionals in Westbury vs. Sinai “The Mountain” Megibow of Commack, investigative counsel at Radius Investigations in Melville.
- Vincent “Stringbean” Accardi (Blue) of Lake Grove, director of corporate partnerships at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook.
- Michael “All Business” Dellaquila (Blue) of Locust Valley, financial consultant at Dellaquila Properties in Locust Valley.