Families Unite Through The Power of Surfing
On Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Fundraiser Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Montauk, New York
Surf Therapy Program “A Walk on Water” (AWOW) 2nd Annual East Coast Surf Therapy Event
WHAT: On Saturday Sept. 10th and Sunday, Sept. 11th the surf therapy non-profit organization, A Walk On Water (AWOW), will be holding their second annual event in Montauk from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Ditch Plains Beach, presented with support from John Paul Mitchell Systems.
The AWOW 2nd Annual East Coast Surf Therapy Event will celebrate and honor courageous kids, adults and their families; two beautiful days at the beach with no labels – everyone is an athlete. Athletes will feel the thrill and confidence that only “a walk on water” can provide and families will be fully supported and cared for as they share a much-deserved day of fun, relaxation and respite. Refreshments from Montauk Juice Factory and lunch courtesy of Ditch Witch food truck will be provided.
Families interested in participating in the event are asked to pre register by September 4th and can do so by clicking here. AWOW exists largely because of amazing volunteers who return year after year as they find the entire event and experience priceless!! To volunteer at this year’s event, please sign up here. Please note: Volunteers should arrive by 7:00 a.m. and families will be asked to arrive in two shifts, 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Additionally, The Montauk Beach House will be hosting a fundraiser for AWOW family and friends on Saturday, September 10 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., co-produced with Community Collaboration. Hosts will include Julie Gilhart, Lisa Spellman, Jack Luber + Leilani Bishop. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, music provided by a DJ and live band, an awards ceremony for the athletes of the day, raffle tickets to win stellar packages, and a special AWOW presentation.
WHEN: September 10 and 11, 2016 | From 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ditch Plains Beach | The Montauk Beach House
Ditch Plains Rd | 55 S Elmwood Ave
Montauk, NY 11954 | Montauk, NY 11954
AWOW: A Walk On Water (AWOW) enables hundreds of children and adults with special needs, along with their families, to experience the thrill of surfing and its therapeutic qualities. The organization works closely with local communities, businesses and its volunteers and watermen, brought together in service of a shared mission — to help others experience the calming and therapeutic effects of the electrifying, living ocean; and, in the process, showcasing the best of surf culture.
Since its launch in August of 2012, AWOW has served over 500 families and provided surf therapy to nearly 1,000 children and adults with special needs and their siblings. Its goal is to increase the number of children served by at least 30% every year. The organization wants to reach those most in need, who have never had the chance to experience the joy of Surf Therapy.
Photo Credit: Trevor Pikhart; @trevorpikhart