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Giant Snowflake Lighting and Christmas Parade “Light a Light of Love” to benefit Waymakers HB Youth Shelter
December 2 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Holiday Event to Benefit Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and Emergency Crisis and Intervention Programs for Youth Ages 11 to 17
To kick off the holiday season, thousands of community members will count down to the Huntington Beach giant snowflake lighting during the annual “Light a Light of Love” holiday celebration and fundraiser to benefit nonprofit Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a “safe haven” for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth.
Waymakers is an Orange County nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling children and families at their greatest time of need. The Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter is working in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach to host the event. The festivities, including a children’s holiday parade, will take place along Main Street in Huntington Beach and at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. The main event highlight is a beautiful lighting ceremony of more than 83 giant snowflakes throughout Main Street and the pier. An opportunity for children to have their picture taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Pier Plaza following the children’s parade will also be available. Plus, throughout the celebration performances from local organizations and high school groups will be held on stage at Pier Plaza.
WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The schedule of events during Light a Light of Love will include:
· 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Pier Plaza Entertainment
Entertainment will include musical acts from local organizations and high school groups, performing family and seasonal favorites. Highlights will include the Marina High School Band and the Huntington Beach High School dance team.
· 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Children’s Holiday Parade
To be led down Main Street from Orange Avenue to Pier Plaza, the holiday parade will bring together local community children groups, high school marching bands and youth organizations including St. Simon & Jude Dolphinettes, City of Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards, Hudson Dance Academy and others. The parade will also feature woodie cars, corvettes, therapy dogs, Miss Huntington Beach and her court, Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguards and Surf City Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck.
· 5:00 p.m. – Surf City Santa Meet and Greet
Immediately following the parade, Surf City Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will meet and take pictures with children at Pier Plaza.
· 6 p.m. sharp – Snowflake Lighting Ceremony on the Pier
The lighting of more than 83 6-foot-tall sponsored snowflakes on Huntington Beach Pier, and throughout Main Street, will be kicked off at the pier with a countdown by event grand marshals just before 6 p.m. Snowflakes will light at 6 p.m. sharp and are sponsored by groups, businesses and individuals, with proceeds in support of the Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter’s emergency and therapeutic programs for youth in crisis.
*** Proceeds from Light a Light of Love will benefit the Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, which since opening its doors eleven years ago has helped over 1,300 homeless, runaway and struggling Orange County youth and their families between ages 11 and 17, most who are trying to cope with issues kids should never face, such as early-childhood trauma. The trained staff has an excellent success rate of reuniting children with their families, at nearly 90 percent, by finding solutions to their very complex problems.
The Shelter’s mission runs much deeper than just a place to stay, as they provide a place for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth 24/7, 365 days a year. As emergency crisis and intervention programs, the Waymakers’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter aims to achieve: family strengthening and reunification, homeless prevention, diversion of at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system, and school drop-out prevention. In addition to providing youth with a safe haven and protection from the dangers of the streets, the shelter also provides youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including individual, group and family therapy, academic support, job/career readiness, life skills and aftercare.