2014 will mark the 7th Healing Foundation. Up for auction will be a number of unique and one-of-a-kind surfboards by acclaimed artists, fashion designers and world-renowned surfers.
This year marks a significant shift in the event. In addition to the exhibition and auction held in conjunction with The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, a second exhibition will be presented at the Patagonia Surf Shop on The Bowery in New York City. This unique collection is known as “The Bowery Project”.
The line up of artists exhibited in the bowery project includes:
• Damien Hirst • Michael Dweck • Julian Schnabel • Dana Louise Kirkpatrick • Tom Sachs • Kevin T Kelly • Robert Williams • Relax • Ron English • Michael Torquato Dinicola • Len Prince • Gregory de la Haba • 2×4 • Ben Eine
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel & Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with austism at age three. Like many autistic children, he suffered from sensory overload – simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.
A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea. With Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.
3,500 kids surfed with surfers healing in 2013 at 22 different camps in CA, HI, NY, RI, VA, MD, NC, SC, NJ, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada. All camps are staffed and facilitated by volunteers.
As part of the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction fundraiser to benefit the Surfers Healing Foundation, this year there will be two exhibitions and an on-line auction. One set of boards, curated by Deanne French, will be exhibited at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point California. Another set of boards, curated by Seth Harris, will be exhibited at the Patagonia surf shop on the bowery in New York.
The online auction will be conducted thru www.biddingforgood.com/surfershealing annual Surfers Healing benefit auction to raise funds for the Surfers