A group shot of the 2019 Fight For Charity boxers.

Organizers of the Long Island Fight for Charity announced the names of more than 20 the men and women volunteer boxers who are entering training to prepare to box in the 16th annual event this fall.

The 2019 Boxer Announcement Reception was filled with excitement and anticipation as Fight for Charity sponsors, boxers, fans and supporters gathered to hear for the first time the names of this year’s Charity Boxer lineup ahead of the event in November.

“The announcement of boxers is one of our most important events of the year,” said Jamie Austin, Fight for Charity co-founder. “It is here that we introduce for the first time the volunteer boxers who are eager to begin training and start to help raise funds for charities. We commend them for their willingness to train and get in the boxing ring for charity. These individuals are role models from the business community who are committed to giving back to others in need on Long Island.” 

More than 1,200 people are expected to raise more than $200,000 for local nonprofits. Since the first Fight for Charity in 2003, it has raised more than $1.4 million for charities such as the Long Island Community Chest, The Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential and more than 30 others. The event is sponsored by EmPower Solar, Alure Home Improvements, BIS – Barnes Iccarino and Shepard Law Firm, Lessing’s and Flexible Benefit Administrators of Syosset.

The volunteer boxers are men and women from all walks of life and represent a cross section of LI businesses. All of the 2019 boxers obtain medical clearance and commit to train and raise at least $10,000 or more for Long Island charities.

“I am back almost 12 years after I first stepped into the Long Island Fight for Charity ring. This time I will box against my good friend – but now rival – Bert Lurch,” said 2019 volunteer boxer Adam Schwam, CEO of Farmingdale-based Sandwire. “We share the goal of exceeding my previous fundraising number of over $20,000. We are both going to be giving and getting punched for charity, what’s better than that?”

For Fight for Charity information or sponsorship opportunities go to lifightforcharity.org or call 877-240-7821.

2019 Fight for Charity Boxers

Asher “The Berkshire Basher” Allweiss 
Hometown – Plainview
Company – Berkshire Hathaway Laffey International Realty of Woodbury

Stefan “Boom Boom” Borovina
Hometown – Levittown
Company – Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe of Lake Success

Shannon “In Good Hands” Chisholm
Hometown – Huntington
Company – The Zabbia Insurance Agency of Massapequa

Virginia “Guns and Buns” DeCeglia 
Hometown – West Babylon
Company – Financial Force (home office in West Babylon)

Mike “All Business” Dellaquila
Hometown – Locust Valley
Company – Elite Fitness and Dellaquila Properties of Locust Valley

Doug “Fresh” Gillespie
Hometown – Huntington
Company – JVB Financial of Cold Spring Harbor

Marcus “The Machine” Gilmore
Hometown – Huntington Station
Company – 86 Dents of Huntington

Jeffrey “Silver Surfer” Gonzalez
Hometown – West Hempstead
Company – Westbury High School

Travis “Lil McGregor” Inselsberger
Hometown – West Babylon
Company – Sani-Tech of Farmingdale

Patrick “The Truth” Kiernan
Hometown – Bay Shore
Company – Colonial Life of Garden City

Bert “The Collector” Lurch
Hometown – Elmont
Company – ECentral Medical Management of New Hyde Park

Jenna “Breaking News” Marci Natale
Hometown – Lindenhurst
Company – Long Island Business News of Ronkonkoma

Vincent “Pink Tie” Melillo
Hometown – Huntington Station

Baris “The Turkish Titan” Oztimurlenk
Hometown – Islip
Company – Core BTS of Hauppauge

Alden “The Incredible Hatch” Peffer
Hometown – Rocky Point
Company – Windstream Enterprise of Melville

Tabetha “Pink Tie” Pradel
Hometown – New Hyde Park
Company – Contour Mortgage Corp. in Garden City

Adam “The Hard Drive” Schwam
Hometown – Lynbrook
Company – Sandwire of Farmingdale

Karen “Angel Gloves” Scutellaro
Hometown – East Islip
Company – Capital One

Phil “The Punisher” Sorrentino
Hometown – Lake Grove
Company – DuPont of Farmingdale

Joseph “Deal Maker” Vozza
Hometown – East Northport
Company – Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP of Ronkonkoma

Jeff “The Founder” Cohen
Hometown – St. James
Company – EmPower Solar of Hauppauge

Dominick “The App Man” Bianco
Hometown – Amityville
Company – Kubera Management Corp. of Farmingdale

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