The 3rd Annual Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation Celebration of Life at Venice Beach is Monday, July 31st, 2017.
As Nick's parents, we've come to know several other families who have experienced what we've been through, and we know the children who are no longer with us 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 here on this earth, we will gather with all who knew and loved him along with others who have experienced tthe 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 remembrance of those who have lived a full life and joined their loved ones in heaven.
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 cry, 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. Speaker TBA
7:00 The 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.
There will be a tribute tent honoring all young loved ones who have passed on. 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 full headshot 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.