Leg. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recently honored Michael Graziose before the County Legislature for his personal commitment to helping needy families in a unique fashion. Graziose was selected to be a volunteer boxer for the Long Island Fight For Charity boxing event. The event features amateur business men and women contestants from 26 Long Island businesses. Graziose is representing his family’s two local businesses, Graziose Plumbing and The Valley Fireplace. He has taken the ring name of “Machine Gun Mike.”
“I wanted to honor Mike because he and his whole family are the best kind of people,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “They employ many people in our area and are a family that shows us the real meaning of community and giving back.”
“Giving back to the community is a Graziose family tradition that I learned from my parents and grandparents,” Mike said. “As a way of honoring my late father, my son and I started to box. I’ve had to dedicate myself—I’ve lost 40 pounds while training with my son Mikey. This has allowed me to raise $10,000 for needy families.”
The mission of Long Island Fight for Charity is to raise funds for the Long Island Community Chest (LICC), The Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential and other charities. LICC is a nonprofit organization charged with helping families that are struggling to overcome life’s challenges. The 12th annual Main Event is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, at the Long Island Hilton in Melville. For tickets and information www.lifightforcharity.org or call: 877-240-7821.