From left: Dean Randazzo, foundation president Mark Zappone, Mike May, Todd DeSatnick, Tom Forkin, race director Paul Giunta, Chris Maher, Mike Tkacz.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -
Paddleboarders and rowers racing around Absecon Island in June will once again be competing for prize money split amongst the top finishers thanks to Curexa.
Curexa, a compounding pharmacy based in Egg Harbor Township, provided more than $5,000 in prize money by presenting the 11th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause, Saturday, June 9th, at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
This year the event is being held in memory and honor of Karen Grant, who worked with the Randazzo Foundation and passed away of cancer on April 19th of this year.
The 22.5-mile paddleboard race around Absecon Island begins and ends at Frank S. Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The course was designed by Mike May to challenge racers as a reminder that they are helping people struggling with cancer. There are also 4-mile and 8-mile noncompetitive back bay paddles that go to The Wonder Bar in Atlantic City.
After the action on the water, an after party and awards ceremony will be held 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget. The party is included with registration and $25 to all others.
Cash prizes of $800 for first place, $350 for second place and $150 for third place will be awarded to winning men's and women's teams in the categories of open prone and 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard.
To date, nearly 30 people have raised more than $3,000 for the event. Those unable to paddle can volunteer to raise funds by creating an online profile and sharing on social media. Virtual paddlers who raise the minimum $200 entry fee will receive a swag bag, entry into the after party and race gear that is provided to all paddlers.
All paddlers and virtual paddlers are required to fundraise $200 to participate with proceeds benefiting the foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to financially assist people with cancer. Last year, the event raised more than $100,000 with more than 100 participants.