Two 14-year-old boys have not been heard from since Friday, when they set off on a boat from Florida on a fishing trip, and now their families are seeking the public’s help in funding the search.
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos’s 19-foot Sea Craft boat was found capsized, but the boys and a life-jacket are still missing.
Perry’s parents are Pamela Cohen, the director of marketing for Art Southampton and Art Miami, and Nick Korniloff, the director/partner of the international art fairs. Members of the art world in the Hamptons, Florida and worldwide have sent prayers and contributions.
In 18 hours, $92,674 has been pledged toward the search by 355 friends and strangers through the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.
The Perry and Austin Rescue Fund was formed today and will be utilized to fund private aircraft, boat fuel and any other additional resources needed for the immediate recovery of Perry and Austin. Any size donation is most appreciated. LINK IN MY BIO ABOVE: http:/www.gofundme.com/perryandaustin #prayforperryandaustin #findaustinandperry
According to the GoFundMe campaign, “The Perry & Austin Rescue Fund will be utilized to fund private aircraft, boat fuel and any other additional resources needed for the immediate recovery of these missing boys.
“Should there be any surplus funds at the conclusion of the search and rescue efforts, they will be directed to aid in similar activity that will benefit saving lives in related situations.”
Football legend Joe Namath, who is the Cohen’s neighbor, pledged $100,000 for information that leads to finding the boys.
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For more information, visit gofundme.com/perryandaustin.