Graboyes Commercial sponsors IUEC’s Fight Night to benefit A LIFT FOR A VET

September 6, 2017 by Graboyes Commercial

Graboyes is pleased to serve as a sponsor for Local 5 International Union of Elevator Constructors’ (IUEC) Fight Night, which will take place starting at 2 p.m. on September 30th at Katie O’Donnell’s in Philadelphia. The annual event, sanctioned by Jack Costello Boxing Club, benefits A LIFT FOR A VET, an organization that buys and installs elevators, home lifts, stair lifts, and wheelchair lifts in the homes of disabled U.S. military service veterans from any era — WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq.

Union glazier and Graboyes installer Angelo Torres provides coaching

Angelo Torres, a 12-year union glazier for Local 252, union delegate, and long-term field installer for Graboyes Commercial Window Company, has competed in previous A LIFT FOR A VET events. “Every little bit helps and makes a difference,” says Torres. This year Torres is coaching several other boxers – Dana Gaeta, Jerome Kinard, and John D’Ambrosia.

More about Jack Costello Boxing Club

Jack Cos­tello Box­ing Club, the non-profit organization that is sanctioning this event, provides phys­ic­al train­ing, men­tal de­vel­op­ment, and emo­tion­al sup­port to urban youth for a modest membership fee.

“The main thing is to get the kids off the street,” said Tim Cos­tello, who runs the gym with his broth­er Pat and sis­ter Car­o­lyn. “We want to see them win fights and win cham­pi­on­ships, but the main thing is we want them to be good cit­izens. We have all dif­fer­ent kinds [of individuals] here and we want them to be friends,” he said. Participants range from re­cre­ation­al non-com­pet­it­ive types to potential cham­pi­ons. The gym opens from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. “As long as they can get here, they can work out,” Cos­tello said.