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LI Fight for Charity sees business professionals duke it out


Abraham "Ace of Spade" Ahmed, left, of Shirley faces off against Mohammed "The Furious Fire" Ali, a Bronx resident who works for The Mobile Spa in Woodbury, during the Long Island Fight for Charity at the Long Island Hilton in Melville on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Long Island business professionals-turned-boxers squared off in the ring Monday night at the 13th annual Long Island Fight for Charity.

The event, held at the Long Island Hilton hotel in Melville, was attended by more than 1,100 spectators, a spokesman said. Organizers expected to raise more than $80,000, he said.

Among the volunteer boxers was Elena “Black Widow” Lardizzone of Huntington Station, a Winthrop-University Hospital employee, who faced off against Gayatrri “Lady Gaya” Musraca of Huntington, who works at Broadridge Financial Solutions.

Long Island Fight for Charity has raised more than $1 million since 2003 and has featured nearly 200 volunteer boxers over the years.

Proceeds this year will help the Long Island Community Chest, Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential.

Jamie Austin, co-founder of the event, said its mission “is to raise money to help others living in our Long Island community who are in need and the positive impact our efforts will have on their lives.”

To participate, volunteer boxers must commit to train for 150 hours in advance of the event and raise a minimum of $5,000 through sponsors and ticket sales.


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