Star Light, Star BrightŠwish we may, wish we mightŠall dreams come true on boat parade nights. Like the Rose Parade, the Boat Parade started with someone’s vision, and it is our honor to continue the tradition as we present to you this year’s 43rd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.

It takes many individuals and businesses to make an event of this magnitude come together. The following are those who make it all happen.

This year was a record year for sponsors. Our heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful sponsors, whose generous contributions make the parade possible: Admiral Sponsor, The Argonaut; Commodore Sponsors, All Nippon Airways, Marina City Club, Michele Blackmon Estates and Travelodge Hotel LAX; Captain Sponsors, C&O Cucina, C&O Trattoria, Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, Decron Properties, Downey Savings, FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club, First Coastal Bank, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors, Los Angeles World Airports, Playa Vista, Seamist Skippers, Southwest Airlines and The Parking Spot.

We also had a record year for contributors and prize donors. Although I was unable to list each name in this greeting, your generosity is warmly appreciated.

Thank you to the following for their contributions: C.W. Business Center, California Yacht Club, Del Rey Yacht Club, Jamaica Bay Inn and Beachside Cafe, Los Angeles Rent-A-Car, Marina del Rey Marriott, Marina Venice Yacht Club, Philip Wockner International, Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club.

Frank Fetta, for years you have been making the Marina ring with wonderful music and now it’s our turn to put you in the spotlight and share the magic of this event with you. Dirk Van Schoonhoven, thank you for your continuous support of the parade by supplying the official grand marshal yacht.

Lisa Osborn and Mickey Laszlo, our Burton Chace Park Announcers, your excitement and enthusiasm for this event is evident by your wonderful and upbeat parade commentaries.

A very special thanks goes out to a group of people who spent many hours planning this event: executive committee – Lowell Safier, vice president; Judith Ciancimino, secretary; and Riley Walters, CPA, treasurer; board of directors – Diane Barretti, Eileen Fend, Sue Foltz, Alie Gaffan, Michele Blackmon, Lisa Osborn, Debbie Talbot, Debbie Thomson, Diane Weissburg, and Lucas Willemse; our advisors – Willie Hjorth, Dr. Ernie Nankas and Greg Wenger; volunteers – Juana Alfaro, Jana Bassett, Richard Cox, Chuck Daugherty, Harold Dunnigan, Valerie Fuentes, Lisa Green, Michael Hoffs, Dolly Jacinto, John Johnson, Eric Lepisto, Kari Lasser, Don Mantarro, Bill O’Hara, Vicki Pasek, Mary Richert, Regina Risolio, Janice Solis, Joe Spereno, Robert Weinstein, and Brandon Williams.

This year’s boat parade is the culmination of 43 years of visionaries making dreams come true. As the tradition continues, we hope you enjoy!

Warmest wishes for a very special holiday season.

Cindy Williams

President Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade