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Anila "Flaka" Gjegji, in the red, and Melissa "Bone Crusher" Itoh exchange punches at the 2014 Long Island Fight for Charity on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Twenty Long Island business professionals mixed it up Monday night for a good cause. The men and women stepped into a boxing ring set up at the Hilton Long Island in Melville to participate in the Long Island Fight For Charity.

The event, now in its 11th year, has so far given away $850,000 to more than 30 Long Island charities. More than 1,000 people attend each year, organizers said.

Monday's Main Event was the culmination of weeks of preparation for the volunteer boxers, each of whom invested at least 100 hours of comprehensive gym training while raising a minimum of $5,000 each for local charities.

More than 25 local restaurants and beverage companies participated in the event, which was MC'd by last year's record-breaking fundraiser and boxer Sal "The Hammer" Ferro, of Alure Home Improvements in East Meadow.

The Long Island Fight for Charity was founded in 2003 by Jeff Cohen of United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe and Asia in Manhattan, Matt Silver of Ultimate Class Limousine Worldwide in Hicksville and Jamie Austin of Austin Travel in Syosset.

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