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.
“It was truly amazing to see so many young surfers having a blast in the water and families and friends reuniting on the beach,” said foundation President Paul Giunta of Somers Point. “The addition of the Battle at the Beach not only helped raise additional funds for our cause but it allowed us to connect with a new community to promote cancer awareness and to financially assist people and groups fighting cancer.”
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. Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City handed the awards to the competitors after talking with people on the beach, signing surfboards and giving surfing tips to kids. Legendary Hawaiian surfers Larry Bertlemann and Mark Liddell were exchanging old stories, signing autographs and posing for photos on the beach.
“The 14th annual Surf for a Cause by far exceeded my expectations and was the most successful Surf for a Cause to date. What a great way to recognize my good friend and founding member of the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, Adam Walcoff, who we honored for his outstanding work getting the foundation to where it is today.”
Walcoff established the foundation Sept. 5, 2001 after his friend Dean Randazzo, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier that year. He served as its solicitor and advisor while he oversaw the inaugural Surf for a Cause only 10 days after the foundation was created.
“I first got involved when the Randazzo family asked me to assist under circumstances that were quite startling to me. To hear that Dean was diagnosed with cancer was a shock. He was an east coast legend, homegrown hero to our surfing community and contemporary of mine who was at the peak of his career. When Dean told me his reason for wanting to start the foundation – to turn a negative situation into a positive one – that was more than enough for me to jump in and help however I could.”
Since the first day, Walcoff has been an integral part of the foundation’s organization and expansion, serving as its president 2005-2009.
“I am passionate about the DRCF mission because we are tangibly helping people as they are going through a traumatic and financially taxing time,” Walcoff said. “We are helping real people in an immediate and direct way. It is so rewarding knowing our hard work is helping keep food on people’s dinner tables.”
Walcoff, 43, is a partner at DeNafo and Walcoff, Attorneys at Law in Pleasantville. He lives in Linwood with his wife Danielle, a partner at Lipari & Walcoff, Attorneys at Law in Pleasantville, with their two children, Charlotte, 10 and Jack, 9.
“My part in the success of this organization is just a piece of the bigger picture. I certainly have to thank my wife and kids for their love, understanding and support; my law partner Brandon DeNafo for his constant support for the cause and all of my friends and family who have supported the foundation over the years.”
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