ATLANTIC CITY - The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation had its most successful event to date, raising nearly $100,000, at the 9th annual Paddle For a Cause presented by J&L Amish Depot on June 11. More than 100 participated.

The foundation has collected a little more than $96,000 in donations with funds still being counted, according to the board’s treasurer Kristi Collins of Somers Point. Each paddler was required to raise $200 to participate in the event.

“It was truly an amazing day at the Golden Nugget. I am very proud to be part of the single biggest fundraising event in the history of the Dean Randazzo Cancer foundation,” said past president and race director Paul Giunta of Somers Point. “I am so proud of hard work and dedication that so many of the volunteers have done for the foundation. “The wind made for some challenging conditions but overall everyone was safe and we raised a lot of funds that will benefit people with cancer.”

Jonathan Baker of Egg Harbor Township was the top fundraiser, bringing in more than $9,000, while Karen Grant of Margate helped raise just more than $8,000 to be the second-place finisher. Mike Hutchings of Mount Kisco, New York, raised the third most with $7,700.

Ryan Matthews of Asbury Park was the first overall finisher with a time of 4:07:25 and won the prone division. Quintin Chiapperino, 19, of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, won the 22.5-mile standup paddleboard race and took second place overall with a time of 4:07:46. Chiapperino beat out three-time winner Sven Peltonen of Atlantic City by a mere seven seconds and Matthews finished 9:30 ahead of last year’s prone winner, Brian Pasternak of Ocean City.

Winners in the 22.5-mile race were presented prize money provided by J&L Amish Depot at the awards ceremony and after party; $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third in three different divisions; Men’s and Women’s 14’ Stand Up Paddle and Unlimited Prone Paddle.

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $550,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations, including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.

The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey nonprofit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

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