Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink
I want to commend Shari Hymes, one of our core Paddle Diva leaders and instructors. Over these past few weeks, Shari has been working very hard to train a group of women SUPers. Through drills, paddleboard stroke techniques and loads of encouragement, Shari has been preparing them to stand up paddle for a cure!
Together, on this Saturday, August 16, this group of amazing women will be participating in the Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink. It’s an annual event that brings together competitive stand up paddle boarders and several hundred guests in support of raising critical funds in the fight against breast cancer.
The event is a World Paddle Association national qualifying race and offers 2 courses — a 3-mile recreational and 6-mile elite course. Shari’s patience, encouraging teaching style and positive energy adds so much to our “Paddle for Pink” SUP team. We are both very excited to see these women paddle across the finish line.
After the early morning race, the festivities continue. As the sun sets over the horizon, a party will be held at the residence of Lisa and Richard Perry, co-sponsors for the event. Last year, athletes and celebrities Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart and Edie Falco turned out for this evening benefit.
Hamptons resident Maria Baum started Paddle & Party for Pink in 2011. Focusing on stand up paddleboarding became Maria’s daily ritual while undergoing breast cancer treatment and recovery; it helped both her mind and body. Three years later, the fundraiser is always an energizing event filled with lots of good will and camaraderie.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and there were over 200,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2014. Money raised at Paddle for the Pink supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993, with the goal of finding a cure for this disease. The foundation does a great job of ensuring dollars raised go directly to the cause — with 91 cents of every dollar fueling discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention and treatment.
It’s always a beautiful sight to see the wave of SUPers — geared up in all shades of pink (magenta, fuchsia, coral, pastel) with their boards in tow — along Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. As I participate this Saturday, it’s not about winning a race. For me, it’s about being part of the community and supporting a cause that affects so many across the world. With each stroke I take while gliding on the water, I think about family and friends who have been affected by breast cancer and how we need to find a cure for this cause.
If you would like to register for Paddle for the Pink or support a paddleboarder, please visit the website. Team Paddle Diva hopes to see you there!