‘Killer-Watt’ boxes for charity
EAST ISLIP—Tara Bono, an East Islip resident, has been selected to box in the 15th Long Island Fight for Charity, the nation’s only all-volunteer charity boxing event. The main event, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville, is expected to attract more than 1,200 people and raise over $200,000 for local not-for-profit organizations.
The main event will include up to 10 bouts, pitting local business people against each other, according to organizers.
This is the first year EmPower Solar, a solar energy equipment supplier, is sponsoring the event. Bono, a marketing manager for the company, has committed her time to train, learn to box, raise additional funds and fight in the annual event. A colleague of hers, Zack Lerman, is also participating.
Bono’s ring name, “Killer-Watt,” is a play on words for kilowatt. While she has some experience with kickboxing, Bono had never stepped foot into a boxing ring until last week, when she had a sparing session with another participant. “It was a lot of fun,” she said.
Killer-Watt currently trains two nights a week, but says she will go up to three nights a week when the main event nears.
When asked about which of the benefiting charities were most personal to her, Bono said Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, which she and her employer have worked with in the past.
FREE, based in Old Bethpage, supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury, according to their website. “I’m more than willing to get beat up for them,” Bono laughed.
The first-time boxer has lived on Long Island her entire life. She graduated from Island Trees High School in Levittown before attending Baruch College in New York City and Stony Brook University. Bono became an East Islip resident a little over a year ago after purchasing a house in the community. She lives with her fiancé and their two dogs.
Long Island Fight for Charity, a nonprofit organization, was co-founded by Jamie Austin, Jeff Cohen and Matt Silver in 2002, initially as a fundraising seed for the Long Island Community Chest, an ongoing fund to provide immediate, short-term financial support to needy individuals and families on Long Island.
Over 300 volunteers have since participated in the annual event, raising over $1 million for local charities, including Long Island Community Chest, The Genesis School (East Meadow), which serves students with autism from ages 5-21, and National Foundation for Human Potential.
Tickets for the 15th main event are available online. VIP tickets (reserved seating) are $250; general admission tickets (standing room with limited seating) are $135. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lifightforcharity.org or call (877) 240-7821.
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