Recently one of our own, our good friend Paul Lebowitz lost his son very suddenly to a brain aneurism. Through a very tough time the Lebowitz family made a courageous decision to donate their son James’s organs, in hopes of helping others. To this point five lives have been saved and many more people helped. In order to keep their sons name alive they have started a scholarship fund at Cal Poly Pomona, the school he was attending when he passed.
Thanks to the support of some of our friends and sponsors we have put together an amazing kayak fishing package that is now up for Auction on Ebay, with all funds going to the scholarship fund. Please read about this great package below and if in the market for a new fishing kayak please consider bidding on it.
See just one of the ways that James was able to help someone else, in this video.
Brand New 2015 Jackson Kayak Kraken
Fishing package loaded with gear.
(Item listed as local pickup only but may be shipped for an additional fee depending on location. Arrangements for shipping handled between OEX kayaks and buyer.)
All funds from this auction will be
going to the James Lebowitz memorial scholarship fund at Cal Poly Pomona
Jackson Kayak has donated a custom
Kraken kayak for the fund raiser, with the Cal Poly colors and James Lebowitz
signature molded into the plastic.
Watch the making of this custom kayak here.
Included in this awesome package.
- New Kokatat Bahia PFD (Blue)
- New Werner Hooked series Camano Paddle 240cm
- NEW Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Fishfinder
- Fishfinder professionally installed
- New Full functioning live bait system professionally
- Battery and Battery box from OEX Kayak Fishing
- Additional rigging package from RAM and Yakattack.. (Camera mounts, Light pole, transducer mount, phone/gps mount…….)
Package valued at over $3600.00
More information on the Kraken
kayak is designed for some of the most challenging paddling environments in the
world and meant to be for the offshore and big lake kayak angler.
This kayak marks the first
collaborative design between legendary kayak angler, Jim Sammons and Jackson
Kayak’s design team led by Tony Lee. The end result is a boat shaped and
built to accommodate those hitting the open water, those looking for speed,
comfort, perfect trim and big water management. It’s a paddlers fishing
kayak! It’s designed for punching surf, handling rough off shore
currents, swells, beach landings and those wanting ultimate performance when
putting in long distances to get on fish.
Other items included with this boat.
- Eight rod holders
- Plano ammo can style tackle box.
- Nine sections of gear track.
- Elite Seat
- Nalgene water bottle
- JKrate which will be turned into a bait tank
You can read more about this great
kayak and other gear at
The first photo of the Yellow and
Green kayak is the actual kayak you will receive.
Item listed as local pickup only but may be shipped for an additional fee depending on location. Arrangements for shipping handled between OEX kayaks and buyer.
The kayak will be on displayed and shipped from OEX in San Diego. If you would like to discuss shipping options or get a shipping estimate please contact Brent. Santa Clara Point Recreation Center, 1010 Santa Clara Pl, Mission Bay, CA 92106
More information on the Scholarship fund:
The James Lebowitz Memorial Cal Poly Scholarship
James Andrew Lebowitz, 18, was a successful freshman computer science major at Cal Poly Pomona when a brain aneurysm cut short his journey. Always a giver, James offered the gift of life to many in desperate need.
His strong heart went to a fellow California 18-year-old. One kidney saved the life of San Diegan George Martinez, a substance abuse counselor credited with rescuing a family friend who’d watched James fight and win his own battle. The other rescued a child. His lungs give breath to an educator; his liver saved another life, the fifth in all. Two people received the priceless gift of sight.
James was one of one of only 120 students admitted to Cal Poly Pomona’s Computer Science Program in 2014 – a signal achievement for a young man who had to overcome many difficulties posed by an autism spectrum diagnosis. James loved the campus community, and was loved in return. He’d found his place. He was never happier.
In the midst of the worst tragedy any family could possibly endure, Paul Lebowitz and his wife, Susan, sought to serve the Cal Poly student community by establishing a scholarship in James’ name. The James Lebowitz Memorial Cal Poly Scholarship will be awarded annually to a computer science major, in perpetuity. “Helping other young people much like James is a fitting honor for our son. Long after we’re gone, his name and story will live on at Cal Poly,” Paul Lebowitz says.
You can save lives, too. Please register as an organ and tissue donor today by visiting the Donate Life California Celebrating James webpage ( http://donatelifecalifornia.org/james).
JAL Memorial Sticker Sale
YakAttack, Yak Gear, Native Watercraft, and Wilderness Systems are working together to raise money for a scholarship fund at Cal Poly Pomona in honor of James Lebowitz. Stickers are $5.99, with an optional $10 add-on for a raffle entry.