Surfers from Coast to Coast Jump on Board to Fight CF
August 3, 2012
From the Pacific to the Atlantic, surfers across the United States have joined with other volunteers dedicated to the CF cause to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s search for a cure. This summer, two CF Foundation chapters rode the fundraising wave to earn more than $550,000 through unique surf-style events.
California Surfers Hang Ten for CF
Guests attended the California Pipeline’s silent auction, which featured more than 300 items including a private skateboarding experience for 10 with pro Tony Hawk, which sold for $10,000.
The Orange County – Southern California Chapter’s Pipeline to a Cure event, held in Huntington Beach, Calif., began in 2008 to celebrate the development of hypertonic saline and the role that surfers played in identifying the therapeutic effects of saltwater.
The Chapter’s first Pipeline to a Cure was an immediate success — drawing 446 attendees, garnering 23 sponsors and raising $385,000 for the Foundation. Now in its fifth year, it’s a highly anticipated affair, with the 2012 event raising $460,000 — bringing the total amount raised over the years to more than $2 million.
“We are so proud of where Pipeline to a Cure has come from and, even more so, where it’s going,” says event co-chair Paul Motenko. “Every event that we host brings us closer to finding a cure for CF — and when the day comes that every single person with cystic fibrosis is free of the disease, we will all be able to say that we were a part of the cure.”
Surfing for a Cure in the Carolinas
In a small town that’s not as well known for surfing as southern California, the Carolinas Chapter – Raleigh took a big chance when it introduced its first Pipeline to a Cure East this July. But, boy, did it pay off. Inspired by California’s Pipeline to a Cure, this inaugural event held in Wilmington, N.C., raised an incredible $92,000.
Auctioneer Ben Farrell captivated the room as he sold
off popular items, like dinner for four with a local celebrity and radio personality, “the FOZ” — which
went twice for $3,300, totaling $6,600.
The evening featured accomplished singer Julia Rae, who shared her CF message through her song and performance, “Singing at the Top of My Lungs”; a live auction with luxurious items, like a night on the town — including a chauffeured ride in a Range Rover, dinner and private showing at an art gallery; and a powerful Bid for a Cure speech by C.T. Shaw, whose son has CF, which raised more than $24,000.
“With this being our first Pipeline event, we didn’t know what to expect — but it was a home run,” says event co-chair Chris Eason. “It was an evening of celebrating the Foundation’s successes but also recognizing that our work is not yet done. We need to keep fighting and fundraising until we’ve reached our ultimate goal of finding a cure for CF.”
The Orange County – Southern California Chapter would like to thank the event chairs:
- Judy Burlingham
- Barbara Caruso
- Todd Elder
- Jerry Hennessy
- Paul Motenko
Its generous sponsors:
- Outstanding Corporate Partner American Airlines
- American Security Bank
- BJ’s Restaurants
- Coast Benefit Consultants
- Kid Creature
- LA Car Guy
- NEXT Swimwear
- Smart & Final
- TOMS Shoes
And key committee members who helped make the event a big success:
- Stan Bryson
- Kim Daskas
- John Gordon
- Andrew Kopjak
- Erin Peacock
- Kat Pugh
- Raven Pugh
- Alyson Yarberry
The Carolinas Chapter – Raleigh would also like to thank its event chairs:
- Chris Eason
- Todd McLeod
- Susan and Joe Wasserman
Its generous sponsors:
- Fox Wilmington TV
- Land Rover
- Nelson Fine Art Gallery
- Quiksilver Foundation
And its honorary surf co-chairs, who helped make the event a big success:
- Matt Beacham
- Tony Silvagni