HICKSVILLE, N.Y. – Matt Silver, owner of Ultimate Class Limousine owner and co-founder of the Long Island Fight For Charity recently boxed for the fifth consecutive year in the Long Island Fight for Charity. This year his participation took a unique twist. In addition to boxing, Matt shaved his head to make good on friendly wager with fellow boxer and his opponent Michael Fliegelman, a co-owner of Innovative Planning Services a general agency for The Guardian Life Insurance company of America.
The Long Island Fight For Charity is a an annual fundraiser that pits Long Island business professionals against each other in the ring to benefit local causes. Each participant trains for months in advance of their bout and commits to raise money for, and promote the event. In an effort to build motivation and raise as much money as possible, Matt and his two co-founders, Jeff Cohen and Jamie Austin, made a friendly wager with Michael Fliegelman to shave their heads if he raised more than $40,000. Michael exceeded this goal and helped the event raise over $120,000 for Long Island not-for-profit organizations.
To make good on their friendly wager Matt, Jeff and Jamie shaved their heads right in the middle of the boxing ring at the 2008 Fight For Charity. Matt’s signature red locks were shaved off covering the boxing rings canvas, to the delight and cheers from the crowd of over 1,200 attendees.
“It was all in good fun, and the bet helped motivate Michael to raise an amazing amount of money for the event. Cutting off my hair is the least I could do and I would be happy to do it again next year,” said Matt Silver, President and Owner of Ultimate Class Limousine in Hicksville.
Since its founding the Fight for Charity has raised close to a half million dollars for local charities.
The money raised at the 2008 Fight For Charity will go to benefit the Long Island Community Chest, which provides immediate short-term financial support to needy individuals and families on Long Island. Funds will be distributed to Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, which provides services to people with mental illness, brain injuries and developmental disabilities and The Genesis School, a Plainview organization that works with youths with autism.
Source: Ultimate Class Limousine