Town Hosts Beach Walk to Honor Fallen Hero

Marine 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi, who lost his life commanding a tank unit in the Iraqi desert five years ago, was a hometown boy who enjoyed many a youthful moment surfing the waves at Lido West Beach Park. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Ace in the Hole Foundation, created in Michael's memory, will honor the fallen hero with a fundraising beach walk at Lido West at 11a.m. on Saturday, May 14.

"The Town of Hempstead proudly welcomes the LiCalzi family, friends and admirers to Michael's favorite beach park to honor his memory and support his foundation," commented Supervisor Kate Murray. "Last year's event raised over $25,000 for donation by the Ace in Hole Foundation to select causes, and this year we hope to double that total."

The Ace in the Hole Foundation has designated the Unites States Marine Corps 2nd Tank Battalion, the Wounded Warrior Project, Huntington's Disease Society of America, America's Vet Dogs and Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities (ACLD) as the beneficiaries of this year's proceeds.

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 $15. Active duty personnel and military veterans will be permitted to participate free of charge.

All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, and a prize raffle will be held along with a free, pre-walk breakfast. A two-mile course will be set up along the beachfront at Lido West and participants may choose to run or walk the distance.

For additional event information call (516) 812-3307.