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Community Steps Up For The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation

Surfers Raise More Than $20,000 For Cancer Foundation

MARGATE CITY – With ideal surfing conditions on the water, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation made a big impact for people with cancer on Saturday. 

The 19th annual Surf For A Cause raised more than $20,000 Saturday, Sept. 7 at Decatur Avenue beach in Margate with funds still being counted. More than 75 people participated in the surfing contest and the Surf It Forward fundraising campaign with hundreds more attending throughout the day.  

“It’s incredible to see the support from the surfing community after 19 years,” said foundation president Mark Zappone of Linwood. “It was a great day on the beach and it was an honor to recognize past president and longtime board member Dan Cellucci for all his contributions to the DRCF over the years.”  

Eleven-year-old Brynn Gallagher was the star surfer of the day, taking home first prize in each and every women’s division.

The top fundraisers were Michelle Barbara and Cole Larson and each won a custom-shaped surfboard from Brian Wynn Surfboards, that will be built to their specifications. 

The second-place fundraisers were James and Michael Carr and each was presented with a Hamboards skateboard designed to mimic a surfboard in its riding style. 

The third-place fundraisers, Colin and Cody Schwiem, each received a gift certificate to Heritage Surf and Sport in Margate. Carter Hanin received an honorable mention for his fundraising efforts. 

The Icla da Silva Foundation, a recruitment center for the Be The Match Registry registered people for the National Marrow Donor Program on Saturday.

The Danbees and  Jo-Jo From the Jo-Jo and Scotty Morning Show on 100.7 WZXL provided entertainment for the after party, which was held at Ventura’s Greenhouse. 

Members of the South Jersey Boardriders Club served as judges for the surfing contest and held a stand alone, tag-team style competition with participants joining forces to represent local regions.  The Absecon Island team took home the honors in this uniquely formatted surfing competition. 

Divisional winners for the 19th annual Surf For A Cause: 

Gromettes – Girls 12 years old and younger

3rd Marina Zappone

2nd Emily Logan

1st Brynn Gallagher

Junior Men – 15 -17 years old 

3rd- Mitchell Zappone

2nd – Andrew Middlesworth

1st – William Bumbernick

Legends Men – 45 years and older

3rd – Frank Messina

2nd – Steve Swift

1st – Chad Gallagher

Master’s Men – 25-34 years old

3rd – Michael Cameron

2nd – Matthew Andra

1st – Kris Shinn

Girls – 13-15 years old

3rd- Mia Gallagher

2nd – Siena McDermott

1st – Brynn Gallagher

Men -18-24 years old

3rd – Nicholas Giunta

2nd – William Bumbernick

1st- Nick Ceccoli

Groms – 11 years old and younger 

3rd – Kegan Cameron

2nd – Keenan Cameron

1st – Keller Tannehill

Open Stand-Up Paddleboard

1st-Abby Maglietta

Womens – 18 years and older

3rd – Mia Gallagher

2nd- Lindsay Tate

1st – Brynn Gallagher 

Boys – 12-14 years old

3rd- Cody Schweim

2nd – Colin Schweim

1st – Kaden Cameron


3rd – John DePersenaire

2nd – Sean Duffey

1st – Matthew Zappone

South Jersey Board Riders Team Competition

3rd- Wildwood

2nd – Ocean City

1st – Absecon Island

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