Marine 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi, who lost his life commanding a tank unit in the Iraqi desert nine years ago, was a hometown boy from Garden City who enjoyed many a youthful moment surfing the waves at Lido West Beach Park. The Town of Hempstead and the Ace in the Hole Foundation, created in Michael’s memory, will honor the fallen hero during the 6th Annual Beach Run & Walk Fundraiser at Lido West at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.
“The Town of Hempstead proudly welcomes the LiCalzi family, along with Michael’s friends, admirers and fellow Marines, to Lido West to honor his memory and support his foundation,” commented Supervisor Kate Murray. “Since its creation in 2008, the Ace in the Hole Foundation has raised over $430,000 for donation to various military and charitable concerns.”
The 2015 Beach Run & Walk will salute the family of CPL Steve Vahaviolos, USMC, a member of 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi’s tank crew who died beside his comrade during a patrol in the Iraqi desert on May 11, 2006.
The Ace in the Hole Foundation has designated the USMC 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division; United States Marine Corps Tankers Association; the Wounded Warrior Project; the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) and the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST) as recipients of this year’s fund-raising efforts.
Advance registration for the beach run & walk can be completed on-line at www.acerun2015.eventbrite.com. Day of event registration will be held at Lido West Town Park, 200 Lido Boulevard in Lido Beach from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The registration fee is $25 per person, with a student rate of $10. Active duty personnel and military veterans will be permitted to participate free of charge.
A two-mile course will be set up along the beachfront at Lido West and participants may choose to run or walk the distance. Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt during a free, pre-event breakfast.
A prize raffle and live music will highlight the post event festivities.
For additional event information visit aceintheholefoundation.org or call the Town of Hempstead Communications Office at (516) 812-3307.