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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

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.

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.

 

Hawaiian surfing legends Larry Bertlemann and Mark Liddell swap stories with New Jersey’s most accomplished surfer, Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City during the 14th annual Surf for a Cause on Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. Standing from left are Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Ambassador Carter Hanin of Margate and Randazzo. Sitting and kneeling from left are Rich Sless of Linwood, Bertlemann, Pat Flynn of Ocean City, Liddell, foundation immediate past president Dan Cellucci of Northfield and his son Cameron, 4 (Shaun Smith).

Hawaiian surfing legends Larry Bertlemann and Mark Liddell swap stories with New Jersey’s most accomplished surfer, Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City during the 14th annual Surf for a Cause on Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. Standing from left are Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Ambassador Carter Hanin of Margate and Randazzo. Sitting and kneeling from left are Rich Sless of Linwood, Bertlemann, Pat Flynn of Ocean City, Liddell, foundation immediate past president Dan Cellucci of Northfield and his son Cameron, 4 (Shaun Smith).

MARGATE, N.J. – It took 180 surfers, 30 volunteers and countless supporters to help raise more than $40,000 at the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation’s 14th annual Surf for a Cause Saturday, Sept. 6 at Decatur Avenue beach.

In addition to surfers ranging in age from 6 to 70 years old competing in 11 different divisions, Living Well Crossfit attracted some of the toughest men and women from the Tri-state area at its Battle at the Beach. Read Full Story…

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

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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…

Tara Good of Sea Isle City, on right, presents a painting to Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Trustee Christine Cleary of Northfield.

Tara Good of Sea Isle City, on right, presents a painting to Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Trustee Christine Cleary of Northfield.

 

Two grant recipients of the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation are giving back to the 7th annual Paddle For A Cause to empower its mission to help individuals and their families who are battling cancer.

After receiving assistance from the foundation in February, Tara Good, 43, donated a painting to be auctioned at the Paddle for a Cause Saturday, June 14 in Atlantic City. Read Full Story…

Ben Geraff (photo by Jeff Depew)

70 registered as bone marrow donors during Swab to Save a Life

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Hundreds from the surfing community helped the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation raise $10,000 during its Freeze For A Cause Saturday, Feb. 22 in Atlantic City.

There were 70 surfers in the water for the competition at North Carolina Avenue beach divided among five categories. More than 100 attended an after party at Margaritaville in Resorts Casino Hotel and helped the event become its most successful since its inception in 2009. Read Full Story…

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