SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019 FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL THRIVE IN JOY CELEBRATION OF LIFE AT VENICE BEACH
Join us July 29th, 2019 when we'll gather for the 5th 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 ample parking in the Venice Pier lot
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.— Beach Games / Connecting
To order a beach umbrella for the day ($45) click HERE
Unlimited water/ beverages plus boxed dinner will be provided to all who RSVP by filling out the form below:
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 —Speaker TBA
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
Here's a look at some of our past events:
Click HERE for the photo gallery
Each year since Nick left us on July 27, 2014, we gather on the last Monday in July for the Annual Thrive in Joy Celebration of Life at Venice Beach where Driftwood Street ends at Oceanfront Walk.
Every year the Celebration of Life remembers not only when Nick left us, but also 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. The theme for the day is to remind ourselves that every day is precious.
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 that will look like the ones you see if the photo above. You are invited to provide text as well as 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 celebration of life pavilion creating a mobile of love that remembers each precious life and the memory that is eternally present. 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: email@example.com. To defray the cost of the tributes, you can make a suggested donation of $25 by clicking the donate button on the bottom of this page. Or you can send your donation 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, 2019. If you have any questions you can email or call Mary at 213.220.4686.