By Rachel Leigh email
JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - The Juno Beach is lined with hundreds of people who are busy digging it up to make cars, sea urchins, even Buddha.
"It works like a walk-a-thon where they form a sand sculpture team, and then they collect pledges from friends and family. And depending on which size sand castle they choose, there's a different fundraising goal," explained Scott Feinberg.
He and Amy Lombado are the Co-Founders of Karma Krew.
"It's a national organization, a yoga-based, non-profit, that seeks to mobilize the yoga community through philanthropic causes," said Amy.
More than 30 sand castles are being built by teams representing radio stations, restaurants and car dealerships.
Scott added, "The money that we raise is going to bring yoga-based empowerment programs to kids in our community that have been abused or neglected. So our programs, right now, are in eight shelters spanning Vero Beach to Boca Raton."
Some groups came knowing exactly what they were going to build, but that wasn't the case for Seasons 52.
Jennifer Giancotti, Seasons 52, admitted, "We came here with no idea of what we were going to make. And, all together, decided on the octopus, and let it form together."
"We were all thinking ideas in our head, and it finally came," chimed in Linda Morrison, Seasons 52.
Both agreed everyone came together to make this happen in less than three hours. "Half way through, I'm like, 'I'm really proud of us. We all learned what our strengths were.'"
I asked, "What was your strength then?"
Jennifer replied, "Smoothing because I was knocking things down."
Linda said, "I'm like OCD, so I was perfecting every line - almost obsessively."
At noon, everyone dropped their shovels and sprizzers and hoped their castle caught the judges' eyes. While the judges compared notes, adults, teens even little tikes enjoyed bagging some drums, listening to Christmas carols and tug of war.
Scott and Amy then announced the winners in each category. And Bindu Yoga cleaned house!
Angel Lucia, Bindu Yoga's team captain, said, "I do work in the shelters. One of the shelters I work in currently is in Forest Hill, the Children's Home Society, so we wanted to come out and support that and raise as much funds as we could, so that we could continue to bring services into the shelter."
I asked, "Did everyone worked together well?"
Angel replied, "Yes, they worked together. I mean, they were fantastic."
Amy Lombardo summed it up: "I think, nowadays, there's so much these days pulling us away from a sense of community - television, driving from one place to another - and we're not really connecting to people. This really forces people to look at each other, pay attention to each other, get your hands dirty, and really connect to one another on a very basic human-to-human level, and that's really where change begins."
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