A Holtsville man has volunteered to step into a boxing ring and duke it out with another volunteer in an effort to raise funds for various nonprofits on Long Island.
Bill Mabanta, a VP at Lab Crafters in Ronkonkoma, is one of nine volunteers who stepped up to the scale and announced their intention to enter the ring when the Long Island Fight for Charity (LIFFC) organization holds its main event on November 25, 2013.
The LIFFC helps raise funds for other nonprofits throughout the island. Recently they held a celebration in Melville to announce the boxing event next November.
"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," Jamie Austin of Austin Travel and the LIFFC co-founder stated in a release. "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.”
The Melville event featured "speed networking" opportunities and a panel discussion hosted by News12 Long Island anchor Elisa DiStefano with past charity boxers.
The first batch of volunteers willing to take some lumps in the ring are:
- Keith Dawson of Patchogue
- Anthony Giallanzo of Glen Cove
- Mike Haltman of Woodbury
- Joanne Hutchins of Bayville
- Kevin Kelly of Plainview
- Leaf Steuernagel of Bellport
- Scott Zuckerman of Bellport
- Joe Palumbo of Bellport
Applications to box next year are still being accepted now and are available by calling (877) 240-7821 extention 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, according to the release.