On Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, 2017, the surf therapy non-profit organization A Walk On Water (AWOW) held its third annual two-day event in Montauk at Ditch Plains Beach, to celebrate and honor courageous kids, adults and their families.
The fundraiser, which was held at the Montauk Beach House, raised 100% more than last year’s event, which speaks to the local support and growth of the organization, according to AWOW.
AWOW enables hundreds of children and adults with special needs, along with their families, to experience surfing’s therapeutic qualities. The organization works closely with local communities, businesses and its volunteers and watermen to showcase the ocean’s healing properties and the best of surf culture.
"The positive effects of AWOW Surf Therapy days are beautiful to witness,” says Steven Lippman, AWOW president. “From water safety to bystanders, everyone at the beach gets to be part of it, cheering on these incredible kids and adults, making the day special for the families.”
"A Walk On Water has been such a wonderful addition to the community on the East End. I've seen the positive effects of the program first hand as both a volunteer and as the parent of an athlete," comments Walt Lindveld, Head of AWOW's East Coast Chapter.
Refreshments were served from The Montauk Juice Company, as well as lunch courtesy of Ditch Witch food truck.
Since its launch in August 2012, AWOW has served over 1,000 families and provided surf therapy to over 2,000 children and adults with special needs. Its goal is to increase the number of people served by at least 30% every year. The organization wants to reach those who are most in need, and who have never had the chance to experience the joy of surf therapy. To learn more or to donate to AWOW and find upcoming events, visit their website at www.awalkonwater.org
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