Local families and their children with special needs hit the beach last weekend in Montauk for an incredible two-day surf therapy event and casual fundraiser, presented with support from John Paul Mitchell Systems, Corey’s Wave, The Sax Leader Foundation, and EIR. On Saturday night, the community came together at The Montauk Beach House for a fundraiser to support A Walk on Water (AWOW) and its growing presence on the East Coast.
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 volunteers to bring together a shared mission of helping others experience the calming and therapeutic effects of the electrifying, living ocean; and, in the process, showcasing the best of surf culture. Building on the success of the 2015 event in Montauk, in which 100 families with special needs children and adults were served, the non-profit announced and raised funds for the debut of their East Coast Chapter.
A live auction was given by Zack Bliss, featuring an outstanding framed Matt Satz print, VIP tickets to New York Yankee’s Batting Practice, coveted Hood By Air Swag Bag, one of a kind Outerknown Goodie Bag by Kelly Slater and John Moore, and an exclusive opportunity to design a pair of one of a kind sunglasses with the Warby Parker Experience. Talk about swag!
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.
Check out the fun photos below for all the beachy fun and the amazing celebration at the Montauk Beach House.