The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 11, 2012

Top Surf Town hosts Children with Autism & Gala Fundraiser for Surfers Healing

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 — Wrightsville Beach, N.C. ... One of the world's 20 best surf towns

(/National Geographic/, 2012) will host Surf Gala 2012 and Surfers

Healing, an international surf camp for children with autism, Aug. 19-20.

Sunday, Aug. 19, Surf Gala 2012 will be hosted by widely acclaimed Port

Land Grille. Owners Anne Steketee and husband Chef Shawn Wellersdick

will prepare a magnificent multi-course dinner, with an evening of live

music (Kyle Lindley), video clips, and silent auction.

Port Land Grille

Diners will have the opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Izzy

Paskowitz, Surfers Healing founder, and his ohana (family) of legendary

Hawaiian surfers. Advance copies of Izzy's memoir "Scratching the

Horizon" will be signed and provided to each guest. All income from this

special evening will be used to pay for the cost of the Surfers Healing

surf camp for children with autism at Wrightsville.

On Monday, Aug. 20, 200 families from across the United States are

visiting Wrightsville Beach to witness the miracle of Surfers Healing,

an international surf camp for kids with autism.

This event takes place at the popular Stone Street Public Beach Access

located in the heart of downtown Wrightsville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spectators are welcome to "cheer" the children.

Surfers Healing was founded in California by professional surfer Israel

"Izzy" Paskowitz for his son, Isaiah, who was diagnosed with autism at

age 3. Because Izzy discovered the positive impact surfing had on his

son, he shared this unique therapy with other children diagnosed with


Surfers Healing Camps are now hosted in Hawaii, California, Mexico,

Puerto Rico and a few surf towns like Wrightsville Beach. These camps

enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the

unique experience of surfing. Members of the international surfing

community travel with the event and work one-on-one to coach children

with autism to ride the waves.

Volunteers are welcome at the Stone Street Public Beach Access.

For reservations, information, interviews:

John Pike, Surfers Healing

(910) 471-7453

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