On Sunday July 30, 2017 Ryan Key, Lead Singer/Songwriter Formerly of Yellowcard , performed an unforgettably amazing private backyard concert for friends of the Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation.
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 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.
Mark your calendar for July 30th, 2018 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 share memories, look to the future and be grateful for that spark of light that these special ones have left with us.
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 memoriesSharing 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. 7:00 Music 7:45 Sunset heart on the beach and final song: Yellowcard 's Sing for Me.
Each year we set up a tribute tent honoring all loved ones who have left us on too soon.
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.