Brendan Borek group to do some fun-raising

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Participants form a Circle of Friends at last year’s Brendan Borek Surf Memorial. Participants form a Circle of Friends at last year’s Brendan Borek Surf Memorial. Tuesday, July 29 will be the start of five days of fun connected to the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund, a local grassroots organization that provides “comprehensive, compassionate and personalized assistance” to local pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The fund was founded in 1992 by the family and friends of Brendan Borek, an artist and surfer who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at the age of 16.They established the fund a year after his death to help area families get through the crisis of a child’s life-threatening illness.

Leading up to the main event – the Brendan Borek Surf Memorial scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 – there are a variety of ways to support the cause.

The series of events begins Tuesday with the Artists and Friends Art Show 6-9 p.m. at the Avalon Yacht Club, Seventh Street and the bay, featuring the work of local artists. Half of the proceeds from the sale of each piece of artwork will go to the fund. The art takes many forms – paintings that vary from surf art to traditional realism to contemporary abstract expressionism, as well as photography, sculpture and handmade jewelry.

On Wednesday, July 30, Toppings of Avalon at 2166 Dune Drive will host Froyo all day and a karaoke event at 7 p.m. The Fishin’ Pier Grille, 32nd Street and the boardwalk in Avalon,will serve up pancakes 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, guests are welcome to make their own Spin Art T-shirt at Beacon Art Short Wave Gallery, 9412 Second Ave. in Stone Harbor. The Jacketti family fires up the washer around 11 a.m. In addition, Sylvester’s Fish Market Restaurant, 21st and Fifth Avenue in Avalon, will hosts a Crab Cake Day Friday. A portion of the proceeds from all these events will benefit Brendan’s Fund.

The week of fundraising activities culminates with the 24th annual Brendan Borek Surf Memorial Saturday on the 30th Street Beach in Avalon. Bands will perform at the pavilion, and food and Brendan Borek gear will be for sale on the beach.

Organizers have planned for a day of “joyful reverence” that is at the same time a celebration of life. There will be memorial tribute at noon to the children and friends of the fund who have passed. A number of surfers will enter the water and paddle out beyond the breakers to form a Circle of Friends and recall all who are gone as they scatter rose petals on the water.

After the ceremony, in conjunction with the Travis Manion Foundation and Operation Amped, a Heroes Heat inspirational surfing event will be held featuring wounded veterans from around the country.

Surfers and nonsurfers are welcome. For information see, call 609-967-0100 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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