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MARCH 17, 2022 • THE QUEENS COURIER 11
Auburndale resident to fi ght in charity boxing event on Long Island
BY JULIA MORO
Queens resident Dawn Jessica Strain
was chosen to enter the boxing ring for the
nation’s only all-volunteer charity boxing
event this September.
Strain will fi ght in this year’s Long Island
Fight for Charity Main Event on
Sept. 17, which is expected to attract
more than 1,200 people,
raising over $200,000 for
local nonprofi ts. Organizations
like Long Island
Community Chest, Th e
Genesis School and
for Human Potential
will all benefi t from
Long Island’s most
event of the year.
Strain, known as
Dawn “Th e Storm” Strain,
is from Auburndale and the
president of DJS Events, an event
planning fi rm based in Farmingdale.
Known for her charisma in the
business world, in 2009, she became
the second-youngest woman to be
named to the Long Island Business
News “Top 50 Business Women of the
Year.” Strain’s nonprofi t, Long Island
Elite (LIE), has donated over $1 million
to charitable causes across Long Island.
Strain’s work as an event planner has
gotten her national esteem, even being
recognized in “Say Yes to the Dress,” Th e
Journal, Th e New York Times
and CBS. She is also a Lyme disease and
“I am glad to be back involved and eager
to continue on my journey with Long
Island Fight for Charity aft er serving
on the committee in its early stages
of growth,” Strain said. “I view
being a volunteering boxer as
a meaningful way to give back
and support those in need.”
Strain mentioned that the
training has been diffi cult
but overall she is happy to
give back to those in need.
“Th e training has been
very challenging yet
motivating to build
my strength and skills
to put on an authentic
show for my supporters
and raise funds for a very
good cause,” Strain said.
The Main Event will
include 10 fi ghts, pitting local
business people against
each other for a good cause.
Jeff Cohen, Long Island Fight for Charity
founder, said that the participants of this
event are working to support local charities
and improve the lives of others.
“Th ese men and women from the Long
Island business community have the
mindset needed to raise over $10,000, train
and physically prepare for their matches,”
Tickets for the Main Event are available
online aft er March 1, starting at $135 for
general seating. For more information, visit
their website at LIFightForCharity.org
Photo from Long Island Fight for Charity
Dawn Jessica Strain, known as Dawn
“The Storm” Strain, is scheduled to
fi ght Sept. 17 for charity.
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S “I view being
boxer as a
way to give
— Dawn Jessica Strain
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