Michael “Machine Gun Mike” Graziose, vice president of Locust Valley, N.Y.-based Graziose Plumbing and Heating and The Valley Fireplace, will be fighting in this year’s Long Island Fight for Charity, Nov. 23, at the Long Island Hilton in Melville, N.Y. Graziose’s Main Event match will be streaming live on the internet via pay-per-view.
The mission of Long Island Fight for Charity is to raise funds for the Long Island Community Chest The Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential and other charities. This year the goal is to raise more than $200,000 and attract more than 1,200 people to the 12th Main Event. To date, Fight for Charity has donated nearly $1 million to Long Island charities.
Graziose is among the 26 businessmen and businesswomen selected to be volunteer boxers in the charity event. His parents started the plumbing business in 1973 to support their growing family.
“Through hard work my parents succeeded,” he said. “They taught me everything I needed to know about business and success in life. The decision to box in the Fight for Charity offers me a huge opportunity to help individuals who are struggling and families with needs.”