Join us on Monday, July 31, 2017 for the 3rd Annual Thrive in Joy Celebration of Life at Venice Beach where Driftwood Street ends at Oceanfront Walk.
Take Washington Blvd. to the Venice Pier Parking lot. Park at the south end of the lot and walk towards the turquoise Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation tent on the beach.
The July 31st Celebration of Life is a day to remember not only when Nick left us but also to celebrate 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. On the third anniversary of when we no longer have Nick's physical presence with us, we will gather with all who knew and loved him 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.
Mark your calendar for July 31st, 2017 when we'll gather again at the volleyball courts (where Driftwood ends at the beach at the far south end of the Venice Pier parking lot) where we'll play, laugh, celebrate milestones in the lives of those who gather with us while we also shed a tear, share, breath and celebrate that spark of light that these special ones, no longer with us, ignited in everyone they knew.
The Schedule for the Day:
2:30-5:00 Beach games and connecting
5:00- All are invited to gather in semi-circle and we'll share the joys, collect support and reflect on memories . Sharing will conclude with a prayer of gratitude/ asking a blessing on all who are there
5:30- Dinner buffet opens
6:30 An inspirational talk. from Nelson Paulino, who comes to us from the Dominican Republic. Nelson oversees all of Vision Trust's programs that serve vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean 7:00 A music tribute with a live acoustic band
7:45 Sunset when we'll form the heart on the beach and conclude with a final song: Yellowcard 's Sing for Me.
ORDER YOUR DINNER
ORDER A 9 1/2' BEACH UMBRELLA TO BE RESERVED JUST FOR YOU ALL DAY.
There will be a tribute tent honoring all loved ones who have left us on too soon. If you would like to include your family member or friend you can use the example below to submit your collage. You are invited to provide text as shown below, if you wish, 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 of your loved one 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 tent 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: email@example.com. 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, 2017. If you have any questions you can email or call Mary at 213.220.4686.