Beach Run & Walk a Great Success!
Ace in the Hole Foundation hosted its fifth annual Lido Beach Run/Walk at Lido West Beach on 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., is the President and Founder of Ace in the Hole Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of FIRST and is affected with lamellar ichthyosis.
The event was a two mile run/walk beginning at the “1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Path” at Lido West Beach. This year’s milestone event honored Lance CPL Jason K. Burnett USMC, who died with Mike in their tank in 2006. Jason’s parents, Ron and Shelley Burnett, traveled from St. Cloud, Florida to be in attendance. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, a longtime supporter of the LiCalzi family and Ace in the Hole Foundation, and Scott Snyder, who launched the “Bike for Mike” fundraising campaign last summer by biking from Oregon to New York, raising over $12,000, were also honored. Also in attendance were active duty Marines from 2d Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, in Camp Lejeune North Carolina. All registrants received a race-day t-shirt and the event concluded with a raffle with prizes including 2 round-trip tickets flying anywhere in America via Southwest Airlines, 4 tickets to Disney World, gift cards to restaurants, and many more.
"For the fifth consecutive year, we have received tremendous support from the Town Of Hempstead and our local community. Because of them, I know Mike’s legacy will live on, providing help to those in need. We especially appreciated
|The Benedetto family and friends|
the presence of the Burnett family who came from Florida to be here.” said Greg LiCalzi Jr. “It is amazing to be able to honor my brother each year at one of his favorite places, Lido West Beach, and I look forward to seeing the growth of this event that unites us for years to come."
|Denise Benedetto and Greg LiCalzi|
This year’s run/walk was attended by over 350 people and raised a new record of over $90,000. Proceeds from the fifth annual Run/Walk will directly support Marines and their family members from 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division; 1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Scholarship administered through Marine Corps Tankers Association for current and former Marine Tankers; Wounded Warrior Project; Huntington’s Disease Society of America; and the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST).
Longtime FIRST member, and Board of Directors member, Denise Benedetto attended the event with her family and wonderful friends. Denise's son, Marc, is affected with lamellar ichthyosis. Each year the Benedettos participate in the beach run to support Greg's efforts.
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.