January 5, 2015
As 2014 came to a close, the Port Public Relations team organized a number of employee and community events to ring in the holiday season:
In November, the annual Port of Los Angeles employee canned food drive collected more than 600 pounds of offerings for food banks at the Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro and the Little Sisters of the Poor in Wilmington. "Support from Port of Los Angeles employees helped us provide holiday meals for more than 700 people!" said Toberman Neighborhood Center Executive Director and CEO Dr. Linda Matlock. "For our families, these canned goods made all the difference - with these families' basic needs are met, we can turn our focus to supporting parents with skills training, educating their children, and providing opportunities for them to thrive."
And during the annual holiday season employee toy drive more than 10 barrels of toys were collected and donated to the Wilmington YMCA, Wilmington Rotary and Boys & Girls Club of the LA Harbor.
The Port of Los Angeles also held several festive and free events for the community this season. More than 3,000 people enjoyed the annual Wilmington Winter Wonderland with its crafts, music, activities and tons of snow! Making the event even more special this year was the ribbon cutting for two public art pieces at the park - Coastline by Walter Hood and Wilmington Wave by Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier.
The Port of Los Angeles also started a new tradition this year with the Holidays by the Sea event that was held at the Downtown Harbor that opened earlier this year. Kicking off in tandem with the Holiday Harbor Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 6, more than 2,500 people enjoyed a special visit from Santa, food, activities, performances by the San Pedro City Ballet & the San Pedro High School Glee Club, and the premiere of a special light show and the classic Holiday cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" projected on the sails of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) Irving Johnson Tall Ship. The festivities continued the next day and on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the following two weeks with the showings of "Jack Frost" and "The Smurfs Holiday Adventure."
"A great number of Port employees are active in Harbor Area causes, which makes our annual canned food and toy drives very popular," says Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. "The waterfront is also a wonderful place to get into the holiday spirit, and the new Downtown Harbor proved itself as a great location where people can go with friends and family to enjoy Port-organized festivities."
Port of Los Angeles
Public Relations Division