All Posts Filed Under ‘Fundraising’

The Act of Giving

Posted May 16, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team

As event planners we are constantly awed by the creativity and glamour of the party planning world. Each year brings new trends, new ideas and new looks to some very classic pieces associated with the special day for many. Sometimes, we are reminded of simple acts of kindness in ways that are both touching and charitable. As tradition calls in the Bar and Bat Mitzvah world, the celebrant has to complete an act of Charity, also known as Tzedakah within the Jewish Community. One such organization is SOVA run by JFS in Los Angeles. The SOVA Community and Resource Program provides free groceries and supportive services for over 12,000 men, women and children each month, with the goals of meeting immediate needs and helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Thank you Hannah, Hilary and Stephen for reminding us of this important lesson.

Baskets of Hope are beautiful custom decorated food basket centerpieces that complement your special event décor, impress your guests with their style and uniqueness and make a meaningful statement about your commitment to helping people living in poverty. They also some complete with a donation card in honor of the occasion for each centerpiece.


  • Holiday Table
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Birthday Party
  • Luncheon
  • Business Event
  • Organization’s Gala

Your centerpieces will be a festive, colorful and meaningful substitute for flowers, and unlike flowers, your tax-deductible donationfor using Baskets of Hope will have a lasting impact helping the most vulnerable in our community.

For more information about using SOVA’s Baskets of Hope: OR contact Maxine Meyer (818) 988-7682 ext. 116 or email


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It’s so easy to make a difference

Posted August 17, 2011 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Leslie Fernandez, our operations assistant, had been debating for months about cutting her long hair and finally decided to do it…but not without cause. Leslie made sure her healthy long hair went to those in need.

With her hair nearly 9” shorter, she donated her locks to whose mission is to provide hair to children with medically-related hair loss.

Leslie very easily could have swept her up and tossed it…but instead she’s given empowerment, increased self-esteem and confidence to a child in need. She changed a life doing something we all do every day.

Here are a few other organizations that take hair donations:

Its not just about donating hair though, it’s about giving back in general. Instead of getting rid of old toys, clothes, shoes or blankets why not donate them to a local shelter, boys and girls club or YMCA?

Most of us only feel the need to donate during the holidays, but there are so many ways we can give back all year round. Whenever I purchase something new, I make a point of donating something old. It’s so easy, and so simple, to make a positive impact on someone else’s life.


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Rosemont Avenue Elementary School – Cruising into the Future

Posted June 17, 2011 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Rosemont Elementary School - 2011 5th Grade Cruise“I feel like I’m the King of the World” This is just one of the quotes overheard when we were privileged to have Rosemont Avenue Elementary School join us aboard Dandeana the afternoon of June 8th.

“I feel like a rich man” was another …and maybe one day he’ll be the next Bill Gates!

For those of you not familiar with Rosemont Elementary, they are known for educating under-privileged families in the Rampart/Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Many are below the poverty level and have just started new lives living as immigrants.

The animated 60 5th graders who boarded Dandeana, with the help of their dedicated teacher Kamille Maslon, raised money to pay for their cruise by working hard selling chocolates. These eager and excited 5th graders learned that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible and they are capable of making their dreams come true. Watch the kids here!
Thank you Rosemont Elementary for reminding us life is a luxury; we are thankful and humbled.


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