On Saturday, May 9 over 450 people attended the sixth annual Ace in the Hole Foundation Lido Beach Run/Walk in Long Island, New York. The event was held in honor of 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi who died in action in Iraq on May 11, 2006, and whose twin brother, Greg LiCalzi Jr., the President and Founder of Ace in the Hole Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of FIRST and is affected with ARCI-lamellar type ichthyosis.

The event was a two mile run/walk beginning at the “1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Path” at Lido West Beach. This year, several special guests joined in on the fun and beautiful weather. Major General Brian Beaudreault, Commanding General of 2nd Marine Division and LtCol Rob Bodisch, Commanding Officer of 2nd Tank Battalion, both attended the run. Marines from Camp Lejeune also were there to support the Ace in the Hole Foundation.

"Since 2008, Ace in the Hole Foundation has worked to raise money in Mike's memory to help those affected by rare diseases or medical conditions,” said Ace in the Hole president and founder Greg LiCalzi. “Having ichthyosis, I understand the need to support FIRST. The positive work done by FIRST within the ichthyosis and related skin type community is immeasurable. We invite all those affected to please join us next year in May on Lido West Beach to remember Mike and his sacrifice as well as support FIRST."

This year’s event raised $65,000! FIRST is one of the beneficiaries of the event and will receive a $15,000 unrestricted donation in the memory of 1st Lt. Mike LiCalzi. Thank you to the Ace in the Hole Foundation for their continued support of FIRST and congratulations on another successful event.

About the Ace in the Hole Foundation

1st. Lt. Michael LiCalzi was born and raised in Garden City, a proud graduate of Chaminade High School and the United States Naval Academy, and a surfer at Lido West Beach. Mike was twenty-four years old and had only been in Iraq for six weeks when he died for our country. It happened when the M1A1 Battle Tank in which he and three other Marines were traveling flipped off a bridge into a canal in Al Anbar province, Iraq. All four of the young Marines in the tank drowned.

Ace in the Hole Foundation is a NY State 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that was founded to properly remember and honor the sacrifice of 1st LT Michael LiCalzi USMC. The Foundation provides financial aid, material assistance and succor to charitable organizations and causes. The Foundation’s financial aid and material assistance is administered directly to deserving recipients or through contributions to charitable organizations with which the Foundation has working partnerships. Particular emphasis is given to the support of Marine tankers, especially those of the 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division, as well as other armed service personnel and their families.

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