Richard Salick – US Championship Ventura California – August 1985
The 27th Annual NKF Pro-Am is the largest charity surfing competition in the world. Held over Labor Day weekend, the festival has been attended by several hundred thousand people through its’ 27 year history. This year’s event is extra special and close to the hearts of those who know the man who started the event, Rich Salick, who passed away this year due to complications arising from a surgery due to his own kidney disease.
Rich Salick is a World Champion surfer who was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame as an “East Coast Legend”. After receiving teo kidney transplants, he worked tirelessly with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) for transplant and dialysis patients. Rich was hinored as the National Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation Patient and Family Council in 2000. At the 2000 United States Transplant Games he was awarded the coveted “Making Lives Better Award” voted on by his transplant and professional peers. Later that same year, Rich was presented with the Charles T. Weber Award for Humanitarian Efforts.
The NKF Pro-Am Rich Salick Surf Festival has now become one of the greatest financial and motivational tools of the National Kidney Foundation. All proceeds go to the NKF of Florida to support programs in patient services, research, public and professional education and organ donation. In addition to raising funds, the festival strives to increase awareness of kidney disease with an emphasis on prevention and support for organ donation and transplantation.
If you would like to help financially support the NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surf Festival come out to the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront tonight, Sunday, September 2, at 6pm for the Taste of Brevard Silent Auction.Taste of Brevard Silent Auction Sunday, September 2, 2012 6:00pm – 11:oopm Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront 1550 N. Atlantic Ave. Cocoa Beacn Fl 32931