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Life's Angels Raised More Than $45,000 During Our 2nd Annual Poker Tournament

Life's Angels Board Member Bruce Irom hugs a recipient for one of this year's beneficiaries from their annual charity poker tournament. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

After raising more than $45,000 in their second annual charity poker tournament, held every April, the group gave $10,000 checks to three beneficiaries, including Lillian Torres, Rob Roy and Chris Benedetto, as well as donating funds to send seven special needs children to summer camp this year through the Mid Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview and the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead.

Benedetto was diagnosed with tri lateral retinal blastoma in 2002 and after multiple rounds of chemotherapy relapsed in 2017 and was diagnosed with a tumor in his left femur.

In the middle of the night a few years ago, Roy woke up and fell to the floor, paralyzed from the waist down. After learning to walk again, Roy discovered a small cut on his foot had become infected and his leg was amputated below the knee.

Life’s Angels beneficiary Rob Roy, center, shakes hands with the organization’s board members. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

Chris Benedetto, center, poses with his family and the Life’s Angels board members during the check presentation ceremony at 388 Restaurant in Roslyn Heights. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

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