Surf It Forward Support Swells Donations For People With Cancer

September 14, 2016 • East Coast Contests

MARGATE CITY, N.J. – Hundreds helped Surf It Forward and raise more than $34,000 for people with Cancer at the 16th annual Surf For A Cause Saturday, Sept. 10. The Jerry Regina Legacy Foundation matched their efforts with a $41,800 donation to the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation during the event after party at Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate.

Spectators lined the sand watch more than 130 surfers compete for prizes and divisional trophies in a surfing contest on two beaches. Grom winner Tucker Collins and Gromette winner Zoe Bourgeois each took home a custom-shaped board by Brian Wynn Surfboards donated by Shore True Value Hardware.

Zoe Bourgeois at the 16th Annual DRCF Surf For A Cause

Zoe Bourgeois, 12, of Ocean City receives her prize for a first-place finish in the gromette category of the 16th annual Surf for a Cause from prize sponsor Paul Giunta of Somers Point. Shore True Value Hardware provided her with a surfboard custom-shaped by Brian Wynn.

With its mission to assist people with cancer and organizations helping those with cancer, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation encouraged all Surf For A Cause participants to create a fundraising webpage and collect pledges. Bryce Hanin, who raised $880 and Maddie Allen, who raised $660, also each received a custom-shaped board by Brian Wynn Surfboards.

Maddie Allen, 17, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania is congratulated for her Surf It Forward fundraising efforts at the 16th annual Surf for a Cause. She is awarded a custom-shaped surfboard by Brian Wynn by, from left, Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood, Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City and event coordinator Dan Cellucci of Linwood.

Maddie Allen, 17, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania is congratulated for her Surf It Forward fundraising efforts at the 16th annual Surf for a Cause. She is awarded a custom-shaped surfboard by Brian Wynn by, from left, Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood, Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City and event coordinator Dan Cellucci of Linwood.

The biggest applause came for the Heart of Surfing participants with special needs who learned how to surf with the help of volunteers.

Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood presented a $10,000 check to Cape Regional Health System, which was accepted by Thomas Piratzky, its vice president of marketing and public relations.

Mark Zappone presenting $10,000 to Cape Regional Health System at the 16th Annual DRCF Surf For A Cause

Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood presents a $10,000 check to Thomas Piratzky, the Cape Regional Health System vice president of marketing and public relations, at the 16th annual Surf for a Cause after party at Ventura’s Greenhouse.

“This is the single-largest donation in the history of the foundation. While we are sad to see a great foundation close shop, we are honored that the Regina Foundation chose the DRCF to receive these funds,” said Zappone.

“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in 15 years. It’s great to see how many people we have been able to help with an idea that my brother Joe and I had sitting in an airport,” said founder Dean Randazzo.

Anyone who fundraised $75 received a Surf It Forward hat, T-shirt and sticker. Participants paid $50 to enter the contest and groms and gromettes surfed for free.

16th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Surf For A Cause Results:

Groms

  1. Tucker Collins
  2. Cory Levy
  3. Ethan Dunn
  4. Jake Downing
  5. Ty Collins
  6. Jeremy Nordberg

Gromettes

  1. Zoe Bourgeois
  2. Juliana Duff
  3. Lyndsay Tate
  4. Tary Cupit
  5. Joey Hemphill
  6. Emma Scrudato

Boys

  1. Evan Couval
  2. Andrew Mangel
  3. Bobby Becket
  4. Harrison Gillman
  5. William Bumpernick
  6. Steve Gooden
Evan Couval at the 16th Annual DRCF Surf For A Cause

Evan Couval, 14, of Brigantine receives his first-place trophy for the boys division at the 16th annual Surf for a Cause in Margate.

Junior Men

  1. Pat Taylor
  2. William Bumpernick
  3. Sam Oliva
  4. Jack Hendee
  5. Steven Zakroff
  6. Vince Giunta
Pat Pat Taylor at the 16th Annual DRCF Surf For A Cause

“Pat Pat” Taylor, 15, of Brigantine, receives his first-place trophy for the junior men’s division at the 16th annual Surf for a cause in Margate.

Womens

  1. Brynn Bowman
  2. Samantha Stadler
  3. Lauren Tate
  4. Kara McNally
  5. Lyndsay Tate
  6. Maddie Allen

Mens

  1. Nick Giunta
  2. Nick Rutowski
  3. Sean Bowman
  4. Guy Loggi Jr.
  5. Steven Zakroff

Grandmasters

  1. Dan Cellucci
  2. Bob Matthews
  3. Adam Walcoff
  4. Joe Hemphill
  5. Brad Tucker

Longboard

  1. Nick Rutowski
  2. Pat Taylor
  3. Sean Duffey
  4. Frank Messina
  5. Vince Giunta
  6. Matt Zappone

Stand-up paddleboard

  1. Mark Neustadter
  2. Tom O’Brien
  3. Jon Greenberg
  4. Joe Schmidt
  5. Steve Gooden
  6. Matt Zappone

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