SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018 FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL THRIVE IN JOY CELEBRATION OF LIFE AT VENICE BEACH
Join us July 30th, 2018 when we'll gather for the 4th annual Celebration of Life at the volleyball courts (where Driftwood ends at Oceanfront Walk at the far south end of the Venice Pier parking lot). We'll play, laugh, celebrate milestones in the lives of those who gather with us while we also share memories, look to the future and remember we carry on the light of those who have left us.
For those helping with set-up at 8:00 a.m. there will be donuts, juice, coffee, and guaranteed parking in the Venice Pier lot
All-day Beach Games / Connecting
To order a beach umbrella for the day ($45) click HERE
Program starts at 5:00 pm:
Music: Thrive by Casting Crowns and Joy by For King and Country
5:15 pm- Invocation by Dr. Joe LaBrie followed by welcome from Mary and Jay.
5:30 pm- We gather to share what we're celebrating, what we are grateful for, something significant that had an impact on our lives this past year. If you are planning to speak (we request a 5 minute limit so everyone who wishes has the opportunity to do so) please fill out the form below so we can put you on the schedule:
5:55 pm- Jay introduces our guest speaker, Ramsey Jay, Jr.
Ramsey Jay, Jr.
Ramsey Jay, Jr. (ramseyjayjr.com) facilitated a retreat for the Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation and helped our board establish the Thrive in Joy Character Influencers Initiative. Mr. Jay is a widely recognized expert on leadership development who empowers individuals and organizations with his expertise as a communication consultant, executive leadership coach, and as an international motivational speaker. Driven by his mission to “Empower Dreamers to Become Achievers,” the title of his recently released book, Mr. Jay's 3P’s methodology, (Possible, Probable, Predictable) emphasizes ‘process mastery’ and provides the pragmatic framework enabling others to achieve academic, professional and civic-centered success as he details in this powerful podcast. In addition to being a prolific keynote speaker, Mr. Jay’s communication consultancy practice has developed dynamic Organizational Training Seminars, Personal Leadership Development Programs and Youth Transformation Workshops. We are honored that Ramsey has agreed to share his message of positive inspiration with us.
6:55 pm- Heart on the beach- We all gather to form a heart on the beach with a moment of silence followed by singing Yellowcard’s Sing for Me
7:15-7:30 Ramsey Jay, Jr. available to sign books
Here's what took place last year:
Click HERE for the photo gallery
On Monday, July 31, 2017 we gathered for the 3rd Annual Thrive in Joy Celebration of Life at Venice Beach where Driftwood Street ends at Oceanfront Walk.
The July 31st, 2017 Celebration of Life was a day to remember not only when Nick left us but also to remember the lives of others who have left us too soon. We know these loved ones live on in the hearts of their family and friends every day. We gather with all who knew and loved Nick along with others who have experienced the loss of a young loved one. It is a day to remember the joy that these special young people have brought into our lives and to look to them to find a purpose within our own lives that will honor what they meant to us. We also want this day to be one of celebrating the milestones of those who carry on the memories. To recognize engagements, marriages, babies, special anniversaries and also remembering of those who have lived full, long lives and joined their loved ones in heaven this past year.
If you have a young family member or friend who has passed and you would like to include them in the tribute pavilion, you can use the example below to submit your collage. You are invited to provide text as well as include a photo of a symbol that you associate with your loved one like the rainbow that always connects us to Nick . Also, please send a jpeg of a favorite portrait-style photo that can go on the other side of the collage. With your supplied digital collage and portrait photo we'll create a 2-sided 11" x 17" tribute. Each loved one will have their own tribute hanging inside of the pavilion creating a mobile of life. Please email your digital collage and full photo plus name of your loved one/friend, their date of birth and date of passing and their full name to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To defray the cost of the tributes we would gladly accept a suggested donation of $25 that can be made by clicking the donate button on the bottom of this page. Or you can send in the mail to: Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation, 849 S. Broadway #810, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Collage submissions can be emailed at any time before June 15, 2018. If you have any questions you can email or call Mary at 213.220.4686.