Music project to benefit Surfers Healing features Wilmington artists

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Surfers Healing camp in August 2016. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A major musical project is underway which will feature Wilmington musicians contributing original songs to benefit Surfers Healing, a free camp that helps kids on the autism spectrum learn how to surf.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” says John Pike, International Director of Development and Fundraising, Surfers Healing and founding member of the effort to bring Surfers Healing to Wrightsville Beach.  “This is an amazingly talented group of musicians and each day it seems there is another update that makes this project stronger.”

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One of those updates that is a part of “One Perfect Summer” includes George “DJ GeoYio” Yionoulis, a ten year old boy on the autism spectrum.

“George is an amazing musical artist and we are so happy that he will be providing a track,” added Pike.  “This album is all about inclusion and George is a great example of that.  We are thrilled that his music will be represented in this diverse piece of art.”

The album will feature music of all different types of genres: Rock, folk, reggae, bluegrass, Americana, surf music, hip hop, and EDM.

“There will truly be something for everyone on this album, but there will also be one thing bringing it all together: a common spirit of what the Hawaiians call, ‘aloha.’  We simply can’t thank the musicians enough,” added Pike.

“One Perfect Summer” will be released in August to coincide with the Surfers Healing two-day surf camp and the artists will include L Shaped Lot, Da Howlies, Fuzz Jackson, Mac and Juice, The Mighty Olas, Stray Local, Onward Soldiers, Whitney and Alex Lanier, Massive Grass, Elephant Convoy, and of course, DJ GeoYio.

Planning is also underway for a big luau celebration after the album release this summer.  Tickets to that event will be announced later this spring and will also benefit Surfers Healing.

“We are happy to make this announcement during Autism Awareness Month.  It is a big part of this year’s efforts to spread the word, the love, and the desire to help others,” said Pike.

Surfers Healing is a non-profit organization that teaches children with autism to surf. It was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz for the benefit of their son Isaiah Paskowitz who was diagnosed with autism at age three. Surfers Healing seeks to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to surfing. The surf camps are free of charge to autistic children, and include camps in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Australia, and California.