After eight dedicated years, Fernando Aguerre has resigned from his position as SIMA Humanitarian Fund President and Chairman of Liquid Nation Ball. Aguerre helped the organization raise more than $1.58 million, and will be missed by the SIMA crew and the surf industry as a whole. Here is some additional information from SIMA:
Aliso Viejo, Calif. (November 2, 2011) – It is with a heavy heart that the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) announces that on November 1, Fernando Aguerre announced his resignation as President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund and Chairman of the Liquid Nation Ball, effective immediately. Aguerre’s guidance and leadership will remain on the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board as he takes a Director role.
“Due to health reasons, I’m forced to resign from my positions as the President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund and Chairman of Liquid Nation Ball, two organizations that I helped start and deeply love,” said Aguerre. “I have been suffering from a spinal disc injury for the last few years that was caused by a surfing accident and after living a life in permanent pain, I underwent surgery last week. Stepping down from these beloved positions was a very tough decision, full of sadness, however I need to focus on my health now. I’m honored and humbled by the last eight years of humanitarian service. My hope was always to help in the building of a better world with more justice, peace and kindness for all. I’m most proud about the planting of humanitarian seeds in the DNA of every surf brand and SIMA.”
Aguerre has given the SIMA Humanitarian Fund eight years of selfless devotion to raising more than $1.58 million dollars for global medical relief, urban youth outreach, injury prevention and assistance, and health education and awareness. He has opened his home to thousands of Liquid Nation Ball attendees over the years and opened his heart to the non-profit organizations and causes that he so generously supports.
“Fernando Aguerre represents the very best of surfing as an industry: A visionary entrepreneur dedicated to leading the entire tribe and continually giving back at every opportunity,” said Doug Palladini, SIMA President and Vans’ VP of Marketing. “The SIMA Humanitarian Fund and Liquid Nation Ball will continue to grow and prosper as a direct result of the incredible base Fernando has built.
Liquid Nation Ball was originally created by Santiago and Fernando Aguerre to support the humanitarian efforts of SurfAid. In 2006 the brothers donated the Ball to the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The Ball serves as the official fundraising event for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. Since 2004, Liquid Nation Ball has donated more than $1.58 million to surf-related, non-profit humanitarian organizations selected by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board of Directors for their efforts focusing on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people. It was Fernando’s passion for life and helping others that created this huge movement and he has inspired thousands of others to dedicate their support and resources as fellow humanitarians to make the world a better place.
“Without Fernando and his passion for humanitarian work – and great parties – there would be no Liquid Nation Ball or Humanitarian Fund,” said Sean Smith, Executive Director of SIMA. ” The world is a better place thanks to Fernando’s efforts. We have some big shoes to fill, but SIMA is committed to carrying on his legacy of providing assistance for those in need.”
The SIMA Humanitarian Fund will continue to follow the vision that Aguerre set forth by serving the deserving surf-related humanitarian organizations that it supports. The SIMA Board of Directors will announce a new SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board President in the coming weeks.
Please see below for Aguerre’s official resignation letter to the SIMA Board of Directors.