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A Season’s End!

| September 29, 2013
Saturday September 28th, Ryan and I left LA at 5am to make the trek to Hollister Ranch outside of
Santa Barbara.  Neither one of us knew what to expect as we took the 101 North, watching the
sunrise across the water, I knew it would be a good day.  The AWOW founders and volunteers
greeted us in the parking lot and expressed their gratitude.  The entire day was designed to create
an experience, even such a detail as having the best coffee available for the parents, was one that
wouldn’t go unnoticed.  The day was meant to not only provide water therapy for special needs
children, but offer guided surf instruction to their siblings and parents alike. A Walk On Water, a
non-profit organization, put on their final event for the season using the private beach at Hollister
Ranch to create a safe atmosphere.  AWOW uses donations and proceeds from selling branded
merchandise to make this series possible, they don’t charge the families to attend and all
volunteers donate their time.  Seeing this event first hand, I cannot even begin to describe how I
felt, watching these kids paddle out with their instructor, and ride the wave in.   Wether they stood,
laid or sat on the surfboard, the entire shore cheered them on as they made it in.  The pure look of
joy, for a small moment, meant the world.  For some of these families, they cannot go to public
beaches because of certain needs or behaviors that cause people to stare.  But on this day, the
beach was all theirs. They could comfortably let their child play, kick sand and splash, while they
sipped their hot cup of Caffe Vita, knowing their child was safe in the hands of both the land and
sea instructors.  It was this day, as several parents explained to me, each in their own way, that
gets them through all the hard days.  To have one special day where their child was the happiest,
uncontrollably jumping with excitement for their achievements, where they said their first word,
‘surf’, where their sister was able to ride a wave in alongside her special needs brother.  I have
never felt so blessed to experience a day like this one.
If you want to learn more about AWOW, get involved as a volunteer or make a donation please
Gretchen Hackler
Caffe Vita-Marketing Manager

Cocktails For A Cause!

| July 17, 2013
Cocktails for a Cause!
If you are in LA, we hope you can all make it out this Thursday night to Schooner at Sunset for their big AWOW fundraiser, Cocktails for a Cause!!!  $10 gets you Complimentary drinks from 7-9pm, provided by Fat Tire and Sino Tequila!  Proceeds benefit A Walk On Water, so come out and drink for a good cause!  Check out their Facebook page for further details!!!

A Walk On Water!

| June 25, 2013

This past weekend, June 22nd, the sun was shining, the Pacific Ocean calm and glassy with playful waves rounding the point at the beautiful Hollister Ranch.  A perfect day.  This was the first official event of 2013 for A Walk on Water; A non-profit organization that provides water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children.  It was truly an honor for Caffe Vita to be invited to serve coffee on this special day, brewing French press of Caffe Luna as well as our ice cold Toddy brew.  A very special thank you to everyone at Hollister Ranch and A Walk On Water for providing such an amazing experience for these children, their families, ambassadors and volunteers.  Please visit A Walk On Water’s website and see how you can get involved!!!

You can also learn more about A Walk On Water by following them on Facebook and Twitter!

A Walk On Water

| June 6, 2013

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It is finally that time again, summer is right around the corner and A Walk On Water is proud to announce their first official event of 2013!  A Walk On Water is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children.  They will be returning to where it all started, Hollister Ranch, for the first of four events there this year.  The event will take place on June 22nd, as it has been delayed for safety purposes.

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The morning session will start at 9:30 AM and the afternoon session at 1:00 PM.  Lunch will be served from 11:30-12:30 PM.  After the event ends at 4:00 PM, the adventure continues at Bulito Beach!  Below is a beautiful description of AWOW, and information pertaining to how you can be a part of this program!

Surfing is used as a tool to gain self confidence skills and promote the therapeutic benefits of the sport’s positive effects. Events are dedicated to the children having a safe day experiencing the oceans healing qualities. Children will experience the “stoke” of surfing and sense of accomplishment as family and friends cheer them on from the beach.

Founded by Josh Froley and Pat R. Notaro III the inspiration began 12 years ago at the 1st annual “Pat Notaro Day Malibu Surfers Healing” hosted by Variety Club The Children’s Charity. The event is a tribute to Pat’s late father who was an avid Malibu surfer, member of the Variety Club and Sony Executive. Over 200 autistic children experienced surfing at this years event!

Donating time as instructors and ambassadors for different surf therapy charities both Josh and Pat felt it was necessary to serve all special needs children and their families. Through these experiences they were inspired to do more— create a movement.  With the intent to approach “giving back” just like surfing, is cool and fashionable.  Creating a brand and a platform to help benefit all surf related charities.

These events are free to the families and all other attendees.  Donations are welcome and can be made out to A Walk On Water Inc or by clicking on the donatebutton above.  These monies will be appropriated to hold A Walk On Water events and provide relief for the families of special needs children.

Signups are extremely limited, so be sure to sign up here ASAP. We will send out a confirmation email leading up to the event if your child will be participating. If you are unable to make it after signing up, please be sure to let us know ASAP so that we can fill the spot.

For those looking to make it an overnight or weekend adventure, we are in talks with the local hotel to offer discounted room rates – we’ll update this as soon as it’s finalized.

We at AWOW are all so excited for this event and the coming year, we hope you will all be able to join the AWOW family on this adventure!  -AWOW

Caffe Vita couldn’t be more excited to be serving coffee to friends and family at this year’s event.  We are both humbled, and extremely honored to be a part of these festivities.

Follow A Walk On Water on Facebook and Twitter!