Boxing for charity

Photo provided by the Sweeney family

Boxing for charity

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
9/17/2015


EAST ISLIP—Brendan “The Showstopper” Sweeney, an East Islip resident, was recently chosen to be one of 20 boxers competing in the 12th Long Island Fight for Charity, which will take place on Monday, Nov. 23 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville. Sweeney will be representing the Hauppauge-based technology company Doctor Print—where he works as a major accounts and wide format specialist—in the highly anticipated, action-packed gathering that has become one of Long Island’s leading charity fundraising and networking events.  

The card for the evening will feature up to 10 bouts, pitting local business professionals against each other for charity. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend and over $200,000 is expected to be raised, while more than 20 local restaurants will also provide a plethora of food and beverages for the occasion.

“It really is Long Island’s largest networking event,” said LI Fight for Charity spokesperson Bill Corbet Jr. “It’s also a unique spectacle and a rare once-in-a-lifetime experience for the boxers. They train throughout the fall and summer and get to feel what it’s like to be a professional boxer. It’s always a lot of fun for everyone involved; plus, it’s always for a good cause.”

Since 2002, over 180 volunteer boxers have participated in Fight for Charity and nearly $1 million has been raised for local charities—including Long Island Community Chest, Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential (FREE).

“I’ll enjoy the interaction it offers between me… and the local business community,” said Sweeney. “I appreciate the benefits it may bring from networking with other businesspeople. I’m also excited to challenge myself with all of the required training and meeting my opponent in the ring in November.”

Sweeney noted that he decided to volunteer after Dan Leverich—a VP at Doctor Print and charity alumni boxer—suggested to him that it would be worthwhile to get involved.

“I attended the last three Main Events… and I have developed a great appreciation for all the benefits that Fight for Charity brings to the Long Island community,” said Sweeney.

Jamie Austin, co-founder of Long Island’s Fight for Charity, commended Sweeney and the other participating boxers for their collective decisions to devote so much time and energy to the event.  

“The committee appreciates the dedication of each boxer and the training each has agreed to undertake over the next several months,” said Austin. “We know Brendan has the commitment and determination required to be very successful in the ring,” said Austin. 

Tickets for the event are currently available online. VIP tickets (reserved seating) are $225, while general admission tickets are $100 (until Oct. 15). Afterwards, tickets will be $125. VIP tickets include admission to a special networking and cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. Doors officially open at 6 p.m., before the boxing begins at 6:30 p.m. 

For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2015FightforCharityMainEvent. For more information, visit www.lifightforcharity.org or call (877) 240-7821.