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“Dean “The Jersey Devil” Randazzo at age 11, cut out of a surfing magazine the address and phone # to the A.S.P. (association of surfing professionals) because, he knew that one day he would need to contact the professional tour. Born and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., He grew up surfing the East Coast. Dean began competing at age 11 and won his very first contest on a board that had more duct tape than fiberglass. In 1989 he moved to California as an amateur and then turned pro in 1990. His performance in the 1990 Cold Water Classic hailed rave revues from the likes of Derek Hynd (well known critic), comparing Dean to “an early 80’s Elkerton” and to the likes of Tom Curren (world champion at that time). More

A 22.5-mile course around Absecon Island faces 52 paddlers at the 8th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause presented by Johnson’s Popcorn (Shaun Smith).

More than 100 people collected pledges and padded their hardest to make the 8th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause presented by Johnson’s Popcorn a massive success Saturday, June 13. A total of 120 paddlers crossed the finish line at Golden Nugget Marina raising more than $75,000 for people affected by cancer.

Brian Pasternak, 31 of Ocean City won the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island for the third straight time. His time set a new record at with a time of 3:58:41. His time last year was 3:59:22.

Paddlers were required to raise at least $200 in pledges to participate in the Paddle For a Cause. Past President Adam Walcoff of Linwood was the top fundraiser bringing in $5,616 for the foundation. President Paul Giunta of Somers Point was not far behind raising $5,210 as of this writing.

“I feel honored that so many people pledged to put me as the top fundraiser,” said Walcoff. “I’m not done yet.”

Top finishers in the Men’s and Women’s SUP, Men’s prone and open divisions received: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Social events included a 8-mile paddle to Wonder Bar in Atlantic City and back and a 4-mile fun paddle to Wonder Bar and transportation back to Golden Nugget Marina.

The 22.5-mile course was designed by event-founder Mike May in 2008 who said there were only seven participants that year for the event to raise funds to assist Dean Randazzo in his battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

It was also a big day for Ricky LeForge of Ridgewood who proposed to Tara Barlow after going 22.5 miles around Absecon Island in 5:37.55.

Winners in the Men’s Prone Paddleboard division are:

  1. Brian Pasternak of Ocean City (3:58:41)
  2. Dan Michaluk of Toronto, ON, Canada (4:10:11)
  3. Lewis Ostrander of Marmora (4:18:10)

 

Winners in the Men’s Stand Up Paddleboard 14-foot and under division are:

1. Jason Chew of Ocean City (4:21:08)
2. Ryan Oliver of Toms River (4:24:10)
3. Greg Errion of Toms River (4:27:03)

 

Winners in the Women’s SUP division are:

1. Josette Lata of New York City (5:34:41) (12-foot-6-inch-board)
2. Claire Condie of Neptune (6:12:36) (14-foot-board)

Winners in the open Paddleboard division are:

1. Brendan Canavan of Somers Point (6:34.32)

For full results see Paddle

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Join the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation for its 11th annual Golf For A Cause Saturday, April 11 at Mays Landing Country Club.

“The Golf for a Cause is one our most fun events to present in an effort to raise funds for people battling cancer,” said Immediate Past President Dan Cellucci of Northfield. “The event gives our non-surfing supporters a chance to participate, support our mission and interact with some of the people who benefit from generosity.”

The 18-hole scramble format golf tournament is $100 per player and includes cart and greens fees, lunch, dinner, event T-shirt and a goodie bag of items donated by event sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $100.

Registration begins with lunch at noon and tournament will begin with a 1 p.m. shot gun start. In the 4-person scramble format includes prizes for teams in first through third places and for closest to the pin and longest drive, a 50-50 putting contest, 50-50, raffle and door prizes.

To download a brochure, click here or contact Dan Cellucci at 609-226-2982.

DRCF-Freeze

Junior Men’s

  1. Jack Hendee
  2. Chase DeEgan
  3. Doug Raab

Grand Masters

  1. Frank Levin
  2. Joe Hemphill
  3. Gary Finnigan

Women’s

  1. Aspen Lawyer
  2. Anissa Maimone
  3. Justine Aguiar

Longboard

  1. Sean Duffey
  2. Gerry Matthews
  3. Jack Handee

SUP

  1. Sean Duffey
  2. Chuck Piola
  3. Mark Zappone

Men’s

  1. Anthony Spagnolo
  2. Daniel Jones
  3. Nick Rutowski
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2015 Freeze For a Cause

ATLANTIC CITY – Surfers will suit up and dive into frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation its 6th annual Freeze for a Cause Saturday, Feb. 28.

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The foundation raised more than $10,000 last year thanks to the 70 surfers at Jersey Devil Surf beach and twice as many people who attended the afterparty at Margaitaville at Resorts Hotel Casino.

The first competition will begin at 10 a.m. at North Carolina Avenue beach in Atlantic City with spectators lining the beach and the world famous Steel Pier. There is mandatory check in required for surfers 9-10 a.m. Saturday at North Carolina beach in Atlantic City. Registration for the first division is $30 online and $40 the day of the event. Additional divisions are $15 each. Contestants will receive an event T-shirt with their entry, after party tickets and prizes. See www.deanrandazzocancerfoundation.org for advance registration. The after party begins 6 p.m. at Margaitaville with live music byThe Danbees featuring local shredder and lifelong foundation supporter Shane Mathews.

The surfing divisions are: Junior men’s – 18 years and younger; Men’s – 19-35 years old; Grand Master’s – 36 years and older; Women’s, Longboard and Stand-Up Paddleboard. The deadline for sponsorship is Feb. 20.

Click here to see sponsorship opportunities. 

 

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is excited to present its annual events calendar for 2015.

Join us for our 6th annual Freeze for a Cause 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City.

We’re bringing back the Golf for a Cause 1 p.m. shotgun start Saturday, April 11 at Mays Landing Country Club in Mays Landing, NJ. 

The 8th annual Paddle for a Cause is Saturday, June 13, at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, including not only a 22.5-mile around the island marathon paddle, but also two social paddles of 8 miles and 4 miles to the Wonder Bar. Register here.

The 14th annual Surf for a Cause is Saturday, Sept. 12 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate.

For information contact info@TheDRCF.org.

12/15/2014 Via Eastern Surf Magazine
Beneficiaries include cancer patients and local hospital

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation had its most successful year to date, President Paul Giunta announced today.

The foundation distributed more than $80,000 to people battling cancer, hospitals and charities in Atlantic and Cape May counties throughout 2014. Eleven cancer patients received in total $66,000 during the year. Four local charities received a total of $2,800 and three local hospitals received a total of $15,000 from the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation during the year.

The foundation was able to raise more than $100,000 from the three annual surfing-related events it holds on Absecon Island, where its founder, Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City, was raised.

“I’m proud to say this is our most successful year to date thanks to the businesses and people who support us each year,” said Giunta, of Somers Point.

Randazzo said, “I can’t say enough about the people who have donated, not only their time and money, but who train to paddle around Absecon Island each June, suit up to Freeze with us each February and make me look forward to the Surf for a Cause in Margate every September.”

This year, the cancer foundation will hold its 6th annual Freeze for a Cause 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City. The 8th annual Paddle for a Cause is Saturday, June 13, at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, including not only a 22.5-mile around the island marathon paddle, but also two social paddles of 8 miles and 4 miles to the Wonder Bar. The 14th annual Surf for a Cause is Saturday, Sept. 12 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate.

See thedrcf.org for information.

About the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $500,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.

The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world.

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey Non Profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

For information see www.deanrandazzocancerfoundation.org or email President Paul Giunta at info@thedrcf.com.

 Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation trustees Debra Matthews and Michele Frisko are honored Thursday, Dec. 20 at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro. Pictured from left are Founder Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City, Honorary Trustee Debra Matthews of Linwood, President Paul Giunta of Somers Point and Honoary Trustee Michele Frisko of Egg Harbor Township (Shaun Smith).

Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation trustees Debra Matthews and Michele Frisko are honored Thursday, Dec. 20 at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro. Pictured from left are Founder Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City, Honorary Trustee Debra Matthews of Linwood, President Paul Giunta of Somers Point and Honoary Trustee Michele Frisko of Egg Harbor Township (Shaun Smith).

Two longtime board members of the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation were recently honored for their years dedicated to helping people with cancer.

Michele Frisko of Egg Harbor Township and Debra Matthews of Linwood were presented with plaques and gifts from their fellow trustees at the foundation’s annual holiday party Thursday, Nov. 20 at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro in Margate.

“Both Michele and Deb have been extremely active members of the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation since the beginning. They helped us get to where we are today and I am extremely grateful for everything they have done throughout the years,” said foundation President Paul Giunta of Somers Point.

Both members have served the board in various capacities – Matthews served the board as its treasurer and Frisko as secretary. They are both now honorary trustees of the board.

“We will certainly miss their tireless efforts, but I’m confident they’ll come back to see old friends at future events,” said Giunta.

Also that night, the board officially welcomed new trustee Michelle Barbera of Margate and voted in Lisa Bee of Seaview Harbor, Chuck Piola of Egg Harbor Township and Karen Grant of Margate as trustees. Shaun Smith of Ventnor was elected secretary.

14th annual Surf For a Cause Results

Sammy Chatzinoff, 17, of Horsham, Pa. wins men’s division

Winners

The 14th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation’s Surf for a Cause saw 180 surfers ranging in age from 6 to 70 years old competing in 11 different divisions Saturday, Sept. 6 at Decatur Avenue beach.

First-place finishers in each division of the Surf for a Cause received a trophy crafted by Trustee Adam Walcoff and a $25 gift certificate to Bocca Coal Fired Bistro. Winners in second-sixth place in each division received trophies.

 

First through sixth place winners in each division are:

 

Grom Boys – 11 years and younger

  1. Seamus Carey
  2. Cory Levy
  3. Matthew Vanaman
  4. Nate Scarborough
  5. Marshall Becket
  6. Noah Meyers

 

Grom Girls – 11 years and younger

  1. Brynn Bowman
  2. Zoe Bourgeois
  3. Lauren Thompson
  4. Carly Hainin
  5. Amara Mulloy
  6. Madelyn Hayduyer

 

Boys – 12-14 years old

  1. Nick Brady
  2. Pat Taylor
  3. Matt Rosetti
  4. Ethan McCarron
  5. Craig Nordberg
  6. Vincent Giunta

 

Junior Men – 15-17 years old

  1. Sean Taylor
  2. Patrick McCarron
  3. Pat Taylor
  4. Ryan Templeton
  5. Sam Chatzinoff
  6. David Todd

 

Men 18-24

  1. Sammy Chatzinoff
  2. Sean Taylor
  3. Jacaues Benijo
  4. Sean Bonman
  5. Matthew Fineran
  6. Vincent Villario

 

Women 13-15

  1. Brynn Bowman
  2. Anissa Maimone
  3. Aspen Lawler
  4. Kira McCully
  5. Maddie Allen
  6. Kristy Goff

 

Women 16 and older

  1. Brynn Bowman
  2. Zoe Bourgois
  3. Anissa Maimone

 

Grand Masters 35-45 years old

  1. Joe Hemphill
  2. Richard Hueg
  3. Dan Cellucci
  4. Chris Keiluhn
  5. Chris Mulloy

 

Legends – 45 years and older

  1. Garry Finneran
  2. Ron Collins
  3. Bill Bowman
  4. Tom O’Brien
  5. Paul Pallitto
  6. Chris Baylinson

 

Longboard

  1. Jeff Boysc
  2. Tom O’Brien
  3. Vincent Giunta
  4. Greg Fuller
  5. Gerry Matthews
  6. David Taylor

 

Stand Up Paddleboard

  1. Craig Fuller
  2. Mark Neustedter
  3. Tom O’Brien
  4. Paul Brockman
  5. Carl Tripican
  6. Joe Mullray

Dean Randazzo named Person of the Year by UNICO

Scholarship dinner in his honor Friday, July 18 at Resorts

Dean Randazzo

Dean Randazzo

 

New Jersey’s most successful professional surfer and founder of the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, will be honored as the 2014 Person of the Year by the Greater Atlantic City Chapter of UNICO National and the Atlantic County UNICO Scholarship Foundation.

Randazzo, 45, of Atlantic City, will be honored at the 2014 Person of the Year Scholarship Dinner Friday, July 18 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

“I feel extremely privileged to be honored by my Italian heritage,” Randazzo said. “UNICO is such an amazing organization that helped me learn about my Italian roots. I’m surprised and excited to be recognized by such an outstanding group.”

After growing up in Margate and Somers Point, Randazzo broke onto the national surfing circuit as a teenager one-year after representing Mainland Regional High School at a 1989 National Scholastic Surfing Association competition in California.

His grit and determination to make it in a world dominated by west coast surfers helped Randazzo become the first Garden State resident to qualify for the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour in 1996.

At the height of his career in 2001, Randazzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. That same year he founded the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation to assist people battling cancer and bring cancer awareness to the surfing community and held the inaugural Surf for a Cause.

Thanks to multiple bone marrow transplants from his brother Joe, Randazzo fought through four rounds of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. One year after his diagnosis, Randazzo won the Garden State Grudge Match and then went on to win the RedBull Icebreak in 2004 and was named the 2004 X Games MVP.

He represented the United States in the International Surfing Association’s World Masters Championships for three consecutive years – finishing fourth last year. Earlier this year, the 45-year-old Randazzo was inducted in the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame.

Since its inception, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation has donated more than $450,000 to individuals battling cancer, their families and local cancer organizations. There are no paid members or employees on the board and 90 percent of what is received funds the organization’s mission.

Today, as the foundation prepares for the 14th annual Surf for a Cause, Saturday, Sept. 6 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate, Randazzo is back on the Boardwalk where he grew up.

After moving back to Atlantic City from Oceanside, Calif. with his wife Barbara and their two sons; Dean Anthony, 7 and Chayton, 1, Randazzo and his brother Joe opened Jersey Devil Surf at Resorts Casino Hotel in July 2013. The shop stocks surfboards designed by Randazzo Industries and Jersey Devil Surf, surfing apparel and provides lessons for kids and adults.

Since its inception, the Greater Atlantic City Chapter of UNICO has distributed more than $600,000 in scholarship money to high school seniors pursuing a college education.

For tickets to the UNICO Scholarship Dinner, call 609-645-3800 by Monday, July 14.

$60,000 raised at 7th annual Paddle For a Cause

Brian Pasternak of Ocean City finishes in less than four hours

More than 50 paddlers begin the 22.5-mile 7th annual Paddle For a Cause presented by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation (Shaun Smith).

More than 50 paddlers begin the 22.5-mile 7th annual Paddle For a Cause presented by the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation (Shaun Smith).

More than 100 paddlers helped make the 7th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause a success in raising $60,000 for cancer research Saturday, June 14. Read Full Story…

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