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Over $120,000 Raised for At-Risk Youth at HB Pier Snowflake Lighting and Holiday Celebration “Light a Light of Love”

by: Kait McKay
Posted: December 4, 2018



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Waymakers, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support services to struggling OC children and families at their greatest time of need, worked in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach to kick off the holiday season. Thousands of community members participated in a countdown to the Huntington Beach giant snowflake lighting during the annual "Light a Light of Love" holiday celebration and fundraiser on December 2, 2018, which raised over $120,000 to benefit nonprofit Waymakers' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, a "safe haven" for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth. 

This year's event included Pier Plaza entertainment from local musical acts, including the Marina High School band and Huntington Beach High School cheerleaders, who performed seasonal favorites. There was also a children's holiday parade down Main Street with grand marshal Brett Simpson, Huntington Beach resident and professional surfer inducted into Huntington Beach Surf & Sport's Surfing Hall of Fame. The parade also included 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 also featured Woodie cars, corvettes, therapy dogs and Miss Huntington Beach and her court. To top it off, guests also had the opportunity to take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus before the beautiful lighting ceremony of more than 83 giant snowflakes throughout Main Street and the pier.


Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus rode on a fire truck and greeted community members in the parade during the annual "Light a Light of Love" holiday celebration and fundraiser


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. 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, Waymakers celebrated 36 years of providing Youth Shelter services to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth, through their three shelters in Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Tustin. 

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 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 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. Photos:KaitMcKayPhotography

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