HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER SNOWFLAKE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND MAIN STREET HOLIDAY PARADE TO BENEFIT AT-RISK YOUTH AS PART OF 20th ANNUAL "LIGHT A LIGHT OF LOVE" CELEBRATION
Holiday Event to Benefit Community Service Programs’ Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and Emergency Crisis and Intervention Programs for Youth Ages 11 to 17
WHAT: To kick off the holiday season, thousands of community members will countdown to the Huntington Beach giant snowflake lighting during the 20th annual "Light a Light of Love" holiday celebration and fundraiser to benefit nonprofit Community Service Programs (CSP) Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a “safe haven” for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth.
CSP, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need, and its Huntington Beach Youth Shelter work 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 downtown Huntington Beach and at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. The main event highlight is a beautiful pier lighting ceremony of more than 80 giant snowflakes throughout Main Street and down 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. Additionally, performances from local organizations and high school groups will be held on stage at Pier Plaza, throughout the celebration.
The schedule of events during Light a Light of Love will include:
· Children's Holiday Parade - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
To be held throughout Main Street from Orange Avenue to Pier Plaza, the holiday parade will bring together local community children groups, high school marching bands, youth organizations and more. The parade will also feature woodie cars, therapy dogs, and Surf City Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck.
· Youth Shelter Craft Booths – 3:30 p.m.
Learn more about the CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and enjoy handmade crafts from our young residents at Pier Plaza.
· Surf City Santa Visits the Beach
Immediately following the parade, Surf City Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will meet and take pictures with children at Pier Plaza.
· Pier Plaza Entertainment - 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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, The Company Kids, Huntington Beach High School Dance Team, Ocean View High School Cheerleaders, the Hudson Dance Academy and many more.
· 6 p.m. sharp – Snowflake Lighting Ceremony on the Pier
The lighting of more than 80, 6-foot-tall sponsored snowflakes on Huntington Beach Pier, and throughout Main Street, will be kicked off at the pier by Mayor Jim Katapodis and Light a Light of Love Local Heroes, with a countdown 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 CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter's emergency and therapeutic programs for youth in crisis. For more information on sponsorship, visit https://www.cspinc.org/Light%20a%20Light%20of%20Love.
WHERE: Huntington Beach Pier Plaza located at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, Calif. Media parking is available at the Pier Plaza parking at Pacific Coast Highway and 6th Street, and also in parking structures near the water.
WHY: Proceeds from Light a Light of Love will benefit the CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, which since opening its doors ten years ago has helped over 1,200 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. Last year, CSP celebrated 37 years of providing Youth Shelter services to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, which started in Laguna Beach in 1979 and then opened more beds in Huntington Beach.
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 HBYS 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 shelters also provide youth and their families with professional comprehensive services including individual, group and family therapy, academic support, job/career readiness, life skills and aftercare.