Boxers Take Punches, Raise Funds For Charity

Stephany “Stone Cold” Giovinazzo and Christen “The Princess of Pain” Pellegrini

The Long Island Fight for Charity, Long Island’s most anticipated annual charity networking events, recently held its 14th Main Event. The event fight card listed nine bouts featuring 18 business professionals who volunteered to train to be charity boxers, including Christen “The Princess of Pain” Pellegrini of Bayville. They went toe-to-toe with opponents in the boxing ring to the cheers of a sold-out crowd. There is no other charity event like this anywhere in the country.

More than 1,000 fans packed the ballroom at the Long Island Hilton to network and enjoy a tasting reception with food and beverages generously donated by over 30 local restaurants and wine and spirits companies. Over the past several months the boxers raised thousands of dollars. The boxers prepared for their bouts by training at least twice a week to start, ramping up to more frequent and even daily workouts in the final weeks leading up to the main event. While undergoing rigorous training, the boxers improved their physical stamina and, in total, lost hundreds of pounds. The Fight for Charity is recruiting boxers now for the 15th Main Event, which will take place on Monday, Nov. 19. For an application or to ask questions email or call 877-240-7821.

“Our volunteer boxers have distinguished themselves in their fundraising efforts this year, showing the true meaning of dedication and selflessness in their relentless training. They have demonstrated that they had the passion and commitment to help their fellow Long Islanders in need,” said co-founder Jamie Austin.

Long Island Fight for Charity will be donating funds raised to the Long Island Community Chest, The Genesis School, the National Foundation for Human Potential, and other local charities. Since 2003, the organization has donated over $1.1 million to charities.

The Long Island Fight for Charity attracted attention from the media and Long Island’s business community. Local businesses and professional firms that sponsored this year’s 14th Main Event include: Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island, Resorts World Casino, Alure Home Improvements, Event Kings, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., Adelyn’s Canvas, Pearle Vison, LuHi Summer Programs, UFC Gym, Hot Shot Gymnastics, Thomas J. Killeen, P.C., Brown Dog Farm, Contessa Racing Inc., Merritt Environmental Consulting Corp., Seasons for a Reason, Starfish Junction Productions, SunPower by EmPower Solar, Universal Signs & Service, Inc., Guardian Bus Company, Inc., Consumer Options Inc., The Paramount, Canz Bar and Grill, Flame Management, Educational Bus Transportation, Allstate and PerkUp.

“Being a Long Island Fight for Charity Boxer is an achievement that only a small number of Long Islanders have experienced. Boxers go through a life changing experience one that they will remember and others will remember for years to come. Every boxer shows the Long Island community they have the passion, commitment and courage to go through this intense physical training. They sacrifice to improve the lives of others. There is nothing more honorable and rewarding,” said co-founder Jeff Cohen.

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