Social Media Guru Commemorates Father’s Memory With Hashtag #OceanLoveEarl

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Co-author of the book “The Networked Nonprofit,” Beth Kanter has made a name for herself in the social media world for her work promoting social media and technology.

But this week Beth is using her years of social media experience for a more personal campaign: to commemorate the memory of her father, Earl Kanter. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Beth’s father passed away on June 23 at 92-years-old. As a way to celebrate the memory of her father, Beth created the hashtag #OceanLoveEarl for people to share their favorite ocean memories and raise money for the conservation organization Surfrider Foundation in the name of her father.

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Kanter stated in an email to Mashable: “My father had a deep-seated love of the ocean, and was a lifeguard for 30 years for the Ventnor City Beach Patrol [in New Jersey]. He made his reputation as a competitive swimmer and won many awards. This honed his appetite for frolicking in the hurricane swells that sweep the ocean in late summer.”

Credited with being the first person to bring surfing to the Jersey Shore in the 1960s, Beth’s father spent his entire life deeply admiring and loving the ocean. The #OceanLoveEarl Twitter has since garnered comments from people around the world who shared not only their favorite ocean experiences but their memories with the late Earl Kanter as well.

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