The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and Portraits of Hope have partnered on a fundraising cruise for the 48th Annual Holiday Boat Parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11.

“A Rock ‘n Roll Christmas” is the theme of this year’s boat parade, commencing at 6 p.m. in the main channel of Marina del Rey.

The Portraits of Hope “Summer of Color” exhibition this summer transformed 156 Los Angeles County Lifeguard towers into a massive public art and civic project along Los Angeles County beaches from Malibu to Palos Verdes. Program representatives said its success was due to the efforts of nearly 6,000 children in schools, hospitals and social service programs along with 2,500 adult volunteers who participated in painting the brightly colored panels for the walls and rooftops of the towers.

Portraits of Hope provided the innovative project for children and adults facing cancer, burn trauma, spinal injuries, HIV/AIDS, head and brain injuries as well as other serious medical issues. Specialized brushes were developed for patients unable to use a brush with their hands or with limited or no movement in their arms and legs to paint the panels.

After the beach exhibition, the art panels will be removed from the towers and donated to participating institutions and social service agencies around the world to help beautify interior and exterior facilities. Many of the panels will be shipped to Haiti for transitional homes, temporary shelters, schools, hospitals and senior centers.

In addition, a limited amount of panels will be auctioned off during a fundraising cruise in Marina del Rey Thursday, Oct. 7. Photos taken of the multi-colored lifeguard towers will also be available for purchase.

The cruise will be held on the vessel Dream On. Boarding will begin at 6 p.m. and the boat is scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. at Hornblower Cruises in Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Limited parking validation is supplied

Cruise tickets are available for purchase at $50 each and must be purchased in advance of the cruise. Reservations are required since space is limited. A cash bar will be onboard for guests to purchase drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To purchase tickets for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade and Portraits of Hope fundraiser cruise, please make checks payable to: Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #102, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

For additional information, the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade at (310) 670-7130 or mdrboatparade.org/.

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