Mar 23, 2014
Kieran and I were in NH last week in order to see some good pals and hang out for a few days before making our way to VT for the Slash and Berm event at Killington which benefitted the Molly Fund. I accepted a new job in October and the position required that we relocate back to NC, so we packed up our house in Hampton and moved to Carolina Beach in November. We miss our friends terribly, and Kieran was super stoked to be able to sneak away and make the trip to NH/VT with me in order to hang with his BFF’s for a few days. While I was in Hampton, I was reminded just how incredible the Molly Fund has grown over the past five years because everywhere I turned there was a vehicle with a Molly sticker plastered on the window or rear bumper.
A few short years ago, whenever I saw a Molly sticker I immediately thought of my little girl. I would see her smiling face and I would feel the pain of her passing. But now my feelings have changed. The Molly sticker, to me, represents family and all that is important in my life. When I see a Molly sticker, I am reminded of my beautiful family and the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. It’s easy to spray, “family first.” That is a romantic catch phrase and I often have to keep myself in check and focus on the “work, life, balance” mantra because it’s easy to get too caught up in the daily grind and the chaos of making a living to support your family. The Molly sticker symbolizes what is important in my life: Family, Community, and Love. Last week Kieran and I did a hot lap through New England in order to get our dose of that magic....
The Molly Fund has evolved tremendously since 2009. We have seen countless friends and organizations embrace the magic of The Molly Fund and launch their own FUNraisers to benefit The Molly Rowlee Foundation (Molly Fund). Our good friends at KB’s Bagels, in Hampton, host an annual feast that benefits The Molly Fund. Phil is a Hampton local and he flips the tab for catered Italian feast and the donations accepted go towards The Molly Fund. This year Phil and the KB’s crew raised well over $1,000. Michael Gerardi owns Mountain Dogs Ski and Snowboards in Plaistow, NH. For the past four years, Michael hosts a pre-winter bash in order to hype the upcoming shred season and get everyone stoked for snow. There is a ton of food, silent auction and raffle prizes, and they always premiere a few new snow movies. Michael uses his event to benefit The Molly Fund and this year Mountain Dogs raised over $2,000. Pretty cool stuff…
The NH Seacoast community rallies behind Molly. Local surf shops, Pioneers, Cinnamon Rainbows, Summer Sessions, and Zapstix sell Molly stickers and bracelets. Bella Rose Pizzeria (RIP) does the same, and Sean Correll took it a step farther and named a pizza after Molly and the proceeds benefit The Molly Fund. It is absolutely humbling to see so many beautiful people go above and beyond the call of duty in order to raise money to help folks, people that they will never meet, who have children battling cancer at Children’s Hospital – Boston. That Molly magic extends far beyond the boarders of NH, and that’s the reason why Kieran and I hopped a flight to NH last week because the fine folks at Killington and Smuggler’s Notch played hosts to two amazing events that raised a good chunk of change for The Molly Fund.
Paige & Emmett Manning run point for the Smuggler’s Notch “Molly Rail Jam” event on March 15th, and we can’t begin to thank the entire Manning clan and Smugg’s for creating such an impactful contest that is more focused on the snow community and having heaps of fun as opposed to your standard “contest.” What is truly magical about the Smugg’s event is that there are a handful of lil’ rippers that go out on their own and FUNraise for The Molly Fund. Harper Oliver leads the charge and this little girl raised over $2,500 for The Molly Fund. Harper and her posse have embraced the spirit of the Molly Fund, they were inspired to lend a hand, and these kids exemplify what The Molly Fund has evolved into over the course of five years. Harper and her pals are heroes. Thank you, gang.
Darkside Snowboards is a legendary shop located in Killington, Stowe, and Okemo. I have known the owners, Billy and Teeta Langlands, for a long, long time and they’re both awesome folks. Evan Ricker is Darkside’s GM, and Evan called me last summer to talk about a contest idea that he was working on and how he wanted the event to benefit The Molly Fund. The Stash Park, located at Killington’s Bear Mountain, is built by Burton Snowboards, and Evan and the Killington Parks crew created a banked slalom course that ran through the Stash Park and the Stash and Berm event was a reality. On Saturday March 15th they ran the open contest and Kieran and I were on hand for the event. We had close to 80 riders show up to compete and I saw a handful of pals of mine that made the trip in order to compete in the event. Sunday the 16th was the team challenge and there were 20 teams, comprised of 4 riders per team, that competed on Sunday and the weekend events raised close to $3,000 for The Molly Fund. Many thanks to Evan Ricker for his overall awesomeness, and big props to Jeff Alexander and Mike Garceau, from Killington Marketing, for creating the hype, and the amazing work from the K Parks team for building the monster. The overall support that we received from Burton and Matt Jagemann, and his crew from White Flag, was unreal. Thank you, Jag, Chris, Ryan, Erin, and Lyndsey.
Kieran and I did some shredding at Killington, while we were in town for the event, and then we caught a flight back to NC on Sunday morning. By Monday night, I had packed away our snowboards and outerwear and we were back into our shorts and flip-flops. Winter is over, for us, but we’re already thinking about this summer and our plans to spend some time back on the beach in Hampton where we’ll catch up with good friends and throw down the fourth annual Molly Surf Celebration. Yep, get stoked for The Molly this summer because we’ll be back in town and stoked to do our part to help create the magic of the Molly. Family first. Community and love…..
Hugs and high five!
Sep 16, 2012
We've got a recap of the Surf Celebration in the events section. We had an amazing turnout both days and are grateful for everyone's support.
Jul 10, 2012
I can’t believe that it’s been over four months since I last posted an update on the Molly site!?!?! I apologize that I’ve been slack, but to be completely honest it was only this morning that I was “inspired” to pen an update. Life has been fast-n-furious lately and it seems like it was only…..yesterday that we wrapped up the Bruins vs. The Surfers hockey game and that was in March! It’s July? Really? Whoa….
I realize that I’m repeating myself but I think that it’s important to reiterate how truly blessed Meg and I feel. When Molly was first diagnosed with cancer and during her five month battle, we were blessed to be blanketed with a tremendous amount of love and support. When Molly passed away, July 12th 2009, we were blessed to have an army of folks gather us in their arms and shower us with so much love and comfort that we were able to survive the horror of Molly’s death. And when Meighan came to me last summer and asked me what were my thoughts on having another baby….I felt blessed to know that Meg and I had survived the nightmare. God has a plan and he has a sense of humor because Meighan and I were blessed with a son, Thomas James (TJ) who was born on…April Fool’s Day. Yep, we’ve been busy since the Molly hockey game…hence the four month gap in the updates. But we’ve come up for air and lil’ TJ is just epic. The dude is sleeping through the night, he’s been super easy, and Kieran is so stoked to be a big brother. We are blessed…that’s for certain.
I was inspired to post an update today because Molly spent some time with me this morning. Since TJ has been sleeping through the night, and on a pretty solid schedule, I’ve been able to slide right back into my early morning surf routine. There have been little waves all week and I’ve been getting in the water at 5 am most days, breaking out my stand up paddle board, and logging some long sessions with my pals. This morning I wasn’t thinking of Molly. I was paddling back out, after catching a wave, and Molly’s voice rang through my head. “Daddy, let’s catch another wave.” My body immediately radiated these “tingles, “full on goose bumps, and my eyes filled with tears. I could feel Molly’s presence and I had to sit down on my board to compose myself. I didn’t say anything to my pal’s; I just sat there for a moment and had a little cry, but Molly inspired me to write the update because it’s summer and summer means that August is right around the corner…which translates into The Molly Surf Celebration event is upon us!!
The Third Annual Molly Surf Celebration is going to be held at The Wall, in Hampton, on August 25th and 26th. This event is, of course, a FUNRAISER as we need to continue to drive money into The Molly Fund. There is a $20 entry fee and registration will be at 7:00 a.m. at 10th Street on both days. We are going to hold the GROM SURF CONTEST on Saturday the 25th and the Adults on the 26th. Last year all of the adults surfed the contest IN COSTUME. It was epic!!! If the grommies want to surf in costume, that’s totally cool and it’s always “kinda” mandatory that the adults get into the festive mood and surf in costume because that’s what The Molly Surf Celebration is all about! The groms can bring and surf their own boards in the event, but the grownups have to leave their boards at home because WE PROVIDE the boards that they will have to ride in their heats because that’s the magic of The Molly. Adults have to draw which board they have to ride out of my cowboy hat! Cowboy up!!
The Grom contest will have divisions from 0-10 years old and 11-14. Kia Nichols, and your lil’ band of ripper bros, have been promoted to the adult division so you all had better get your costumes in order and be ready to surf alongside the big dogs!
Please save the date and we hope to have ya’ll join us on the beach for a wonderful weekend of surfing, community, and love. We’ll have food at the event to feed the folks surfing in the Celebration, and we only ask that all of you help us pray for some awesome weather as we’ve certainly been blessed with perfect weather for the past events. It can’t hurt…..
The Molly Surf Celebration reminds us all how blessed we are for our healthy children, our families that we cherish, as well as all of the good that we’re doing with The Molly Fund and helping families that have kids battling cancer. Hope to see ya’ll on the beach in August. Get those costumes dialed!
Next Thursday morning I’m going to paddle out just as the sun peeks over the horizon and I hope to catch a few waves with Molly before first light. That would be rad……
Buck, Meg, Kieran, and lil’ TJ