Past Events


Since our inception in March 2008, Ace in the Hole Foundation has disbursed over $500,000 of funds to those in need.

​Thank you to all who have supported the Foundation.
















Fundraising Events

7th Annual Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 7, 2016- We had our largest turnout yet with over five hundred people coming to the Beach.  A large contingent of Marines from 2nd Tanks Battalion (Mike’s former unit) made the trip from Camp Lejeune, NC.  Also, many Marines who served with Mike came from around the country to take part and pass along stories from their time together in Iraq.  

The families of Lance Corporal Jason Burnett and Lance Corporal David Grames Sanchez came from Florida and Indiana respectively to see their sons honored alongside Mike.  David, Jason, Mike, and Cpl Steve Vahaviolos all died together in Iraq in May, 2006. Ten years later, we were able to honor these men at Lido West Beach. We thank you immensely for your support.  Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $50,000 to St. Martin de Porres Marianist School, Uniondale NY
- $20,000 to continue to fund the 1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Scholarship administered through the Marine Corps Tankers Association
- $10,000 to Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST)
- $5,000 to United Veterans Beacon House, Bay Shore NY
- $5,000 to Snowball Express (In memory of Lance Corporal David Grames Sanchez)
- $1,000 to USO Greater Jacksonville (In memory of Lance Corporal Jason Burnett)
- Continued financial support to the Marines and their families of 2nd Tanks Battalion stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 


The Moore Charitable Foundation Jeans for Charity Event, July 10, 2015 - Ace in the Hole was chosen as recipient.
-$727 was raised for Ace in the Hole Foundation


Garden City Belmont Festival Wing Off, June 5, 2015 - We were again chosen as beneficiary of this great event.
-$1,673.90 was raised for Ace in the Hole Foundation


6th Annual Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 9, 2015-
We had nice weather and our best turnout yet. Over 50 Marines came from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (Mike was stationed there) including  2nd Tanks Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Robert Bodisch and Major General Brian Beaudreault, Commanding General of 2nd Marine Division. We were fortunate to have the family of Cpl. Steve Vahaviolos at the event to honor his sacrifice. Steve was one of Mike’s crewmates who also died on that fateful day. Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $20,000 to continue to fund the 1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Scholarship administered through the Marine Corps Tankers Association
- $15,000 to fund a Financial Assistance Fund to help those affected by Huntington's Disease
- $15,000 to Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST)
- $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project

- $5,000 to Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC in memory of Cpl. Vahaviolos
- $5,000 in support of Oliver Miller
- $3,333 to co-sponsor a service dog with the Bay Shore Rotary Club through Canine Companions


Garden City Belmont Festival Wing Off, June 7, 2014
- All Proceeds from the Event went to Ace in the Hole
-$2,798.00 was raised for Ace in the Hole Foundation

5th Annual Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 10, 2014 - After a few years of subpar weather, the 2014 event brought us a sunny and beautiful day to honor and remember Mike. We also honored the Burnett family from St. Cloud, FL whose son Jason died with mike while serving in Iraq.  We also were able to honor Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Scott Snyder for their dedicated work to the Foundation.
Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

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$20,000 to continue to fund the 1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Scholarship administered through the Marine Corps Tankers Association
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$15,000 to set up a Financial Assistance Fund to help those affected by Huntington's Disease
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$15,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
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$15,000 to Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST)
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$5,000 to USO Greater Jacksonville in memory of Lance Corporal Jason Burnett
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$5,000 to United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk County

4th Annual Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 11, 2013 - On the anniversary of Mike's death, the Town of Hempstead, & AITH had our fourth Run & Walk at Lido West Beach.  The forecast called for thunderstorms but the weather prevailed and allowed over 400 people to hit the beach in memory of Mike. Wounded Warrior Project Honoree Jason Braase talked of his time in the military and his road to recovery through the help of WWP. Lt. Colonel Jon Lauder, Commanding Officer of 2nd Tanks Battalion, along with many of his officers (past and present) attended the event and honored AITH with an award for our work with the unit. AITH honored Lance Cpl Greg Buckley, an Oceanside native, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. A trip was set up for a Marine and his family to attend Disney World in Orlando, FL. Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

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$20,000 to continue to fund the 1st Lt Michael LiCalzi Scholarship administered through the Marine Corps Tankers Association
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$20,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
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$10,000 to Huntington's Disease Society of America
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$10,000 to Foundation for Ichthysosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST)
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$7,500 to the Lulu & Leo Fund
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$3,500 to Oceanside High School to fund scholarships in memory of Lance Cpl Greg Buckley

Bike for Mike, Summer of 2013 - Scott Snyder, friend of the LiCalzi family, rode his bike over 3,800 miles from the Pacific Coast of Oregon to New York City. Scott rode in memory of Mike and in support of Ace in the Hole Foundation. He raised over $21,000 for Ace in the Hole Foundation. It was an amazing test of endurance, strength, and discipline.

3rd Annual Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 12, 2012 - Along with Town of Hempstead, AITH put on our third Run & Walk at Lido West Beach.  Over 400 people were able to attend and enjoy running/walking on the beach, enjoying live music, great raffle prizes, food, and good company. Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $30,000 to Marine Corps Tankers Association (We have set up a scholarship in Mike's name to be given to Marine Tankers and their families)
- $15,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
- $15,000 to Huntington's Disease Society of America
- $15,000 to Foundation for Ichthysosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST)

We also had the ability to directly help a Marine and his family in 2012. The Marine's son was involved in an swimming accident and is currently hooked up to various types of machines to regulate his body temperature and other life support requirements. Living in the hurricane heavy state of North Carolina, the Marine's family was worried of a power outage.  The loss of power could result in the death of this little boy. Ace in the Hole Foundation quickly stood up and paid the $4,700 balance to get a generator installed.

"Run for the Rabbit" by JackRabbit Sports, September 24, 2011 - Kim LiCalzi was chosen as one of 6 finalists (with over
500 contestants) in the Run for the Rabbit competition in which each finalist rose money for a certain charity while training for the "Hamptons Marathon" which took place on September 24, 2011.  Not only did Kim dominate the marathon, she also won the contest by raising the highest amount of money; over $21,000! Congrats to Kim!

2nd Annual Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 14, 2011 - Along with Town of Hempstead, AITH put on our second Run & Walk at Lido West Beach.  Over 300 people were able to attend and enjoy running/walking on the beach, enjoying live music from the Sauna Boys, great raffle prizes, food, and good company. Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
- $10,000 to Huntington's Disease Society of America
- $10,000 to America's Vet Dogs
- $10,000 to Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities (ACLD)

Lido West Beach Run & Walk, May 8, 2010 - Along with Town of Hempstead, AITH put on our first Run & Walk at Lido West Beach.  Over 250 people were able to attend and enjoy running/walking on the beach and enjoying live music, food, and good company. Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $12,500 to Huntington's Disease Society of America
- $12,500 to Wounded Warrior Project

Sponsor A Rider 2, May 3, 2009 - After the success of Sponsor a Rider a year prior, we decided to continue for another year.  18 Riders took on the 42 mile NYC Bike Tour while raising over $18,000. Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $6,000 to Huntington's Disease Society of America
- $6,000 to United Veterans Beacon House
- $6,000 to Generation Iraq

Kim's Run for the Wounded, October 26, 2008 -  Kim Henderson ran the Marine Marathon for AITH
- $4,300 to Wounded Warrior Project

The Fuentes Triathlon, October 12, 2008 - Matt Fuentes completed the Cedar Beach Triathlon for AITH
-$350 to Wounded Warrior Project

Sponsor A Rider, May 4 2008 - Our First Event! 15 Riders took on the 42 mile NYC Bike Tour with individual goals for fundraising.  Our initial goal was $5,000.  We rose over $20,000! Proceeds from the event went to help the following:

- $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
- $5,000 to Women at Risk
- $5,000 to Huntington's Disease Society of America

















Ace in the Hole Foundation helping those in the Community:

Huntington's Disease Society of America "Team Hope Walk", Sponsor for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014 Events

United Veterans Beacon House Food Card Campaign, Sponsor for 2013 & 2014
- $10,000 to United Veterans Beacon House

Huntington's Disease Society of America "Curtains up for a Cure", Sponsor for 2011, 2012, & 2013

"Everybody Goes" A Tribute to United States Marines, October 3rd, 2010
- $250 to Christian Regenhard Center @ John Jay College

The Shostak Memorial Playdeck Fundraiser, June 29, 2010 - In Support of The Shield Institute
- $250 to The Shield Institute

Ephebic Oath Project 5K Walk for the FDNY, April 24, 2010 - In Support of the Fallen Firefighters of the FDNY
- $250 to Ephebic Oath Project

Walk of Honor in Memory of 1st Lt. Ron Winchester, April 17, 2010 - In Support of Fallen Soldier 1st Lt Winchester
- $250 to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Little Sister's of Assumption New Friends Committee Fundraiser, November 11, 2009

- $750 to Little Sisters of Assumption

Wounded Warrior Project Presents Soldier Ride, July 25, 2009 - Scott, Greg, and Kim rode 30 miles in Amagansett and Sag Harbor through WWP
​- $625 to Wounded Warrior Project





















Memorials for Mike

Chaminade High School, July, 2014 - Chaminade High School opened its new Physical Fitness Center and included Mike's boxing gloves from the Naval Academy.

Garden City War Memorial, May 31, 2011 - Garden City unveiled the new War Memorial next to the Garden City Library.  It includes all those from Garden City, NY who perished at war.

ACLD Dedication Ceremonry, July 14, 2008 - The Path at ACLD's Headquarters was named in memory of Mike.  Special Thanks to Executive Director of ACLD, Aaron Liebowitz

Lido West Beach Dedication Ceremony, July 30, 2008 - A Surf Rack and Street Dedication at Lido West Beach was created in memory of Mike.  Special Thanks to Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead.

Brick Dedication and Wreath Laying at National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA, March 29, 2009 - The Naval Academy Parents Club of Long Island purchased two memorial bricks to be place at the Museum in memory of Mike and 1st Lt. Ron Winchester.

Military History of Garden City at Garden City Library, On Display until June 30th, 2009 - A complete history of the military history of Garden City was on display.  Prominently displayed in a glass showcases on the main floor and along the walls in the downstairs gallery is a "treasure trove of photos and memorabilia dating back to the Civil War through the current war in Iraq".  Almost 2 shelves were dedicated to Mike.  Special thanks to Cyril Smith who spearheaded the exhibit along with John Donovan, Susan Alvey, William Bellmer, Michael Brosnan, Robert Heineman, James Malone, Dan Ryniker, Robert Slattery & William Slattery.

Lead the Way Fund Lacrosse Tournament, April 24, 2010 - Mike was one of the honoree's during Lead the Way Fund's Lacrosse Tournament at St. Anthony's High School.  Teams including Chaminade, Manhasset, and St. Anthony's took part in the tournament which is played in memory of Sgt. James Regan.  Special Thanks to Jim Regan to include Mike as a honoree.

Everybody Goes - A Tribute to United States Marines, October 3rd, 2010 - Mike was a recepient of the "Bravest" Award by the Friends of the NY Firefighters Burn Center.  The event took place at the Marine Corps League in Massapequa, NY.  The other recepient was Christian Regenhard, a former Marine and FDNY who perished on 9/11.  Special Thanks to Audrey MacMillan for putting on the event and honoring Mike and Christian in such a great way.

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