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Terranea Resort Hosts Celebration of the Season with Special Donation to Toys for Tots on Dec. 1

Terranea Resort kicked off the holiday season on Dec. 1, with a festive evening and Tree Lighting ceremony called Celebration of the Season. The event featured live holiday performances from community organizations including Coast Music Conservatory Youth Choir, Freedom 4U Carol Singers, Norris Center for the Performing Arts "Times Square Kids," Peninsula Montessori School Class 116, and Coast Music Conservatory Storey Time Vocal Quartet.  The highly anticipated countdown of the tree lighting was lead by special guests Stephanie LaFranchi and Melissa Onak from the Gathering Place.  In addition, a Holiday Village was built that included activities for kids such as cookie decorating, elves and build-a-bear. Children also brought letters to mail to Santa via the resort’s “Santa’s Mailbox” at Pointe Discovery (available through Dec. 24).

One of the evening highlights was a donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Terranea Resort employees and guests collected more than 100 gifts for Toys for Tots leading up to the event.  A surprise donation was also made by Mattel, whose U.S. Marketing Team generously contributed several dozen toys during their meeting off-site at the Resort.

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About The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is a center for loss and life transitions located in Redondo Beach. A non-profit program of Providence TrinityCare Hospice which provides bereavement services to children, teens, and adults. The Gathering Place is supported by the Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation and donations from individuals and organizations in the community.  For more information, visit

About The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 65th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday season. Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition, and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the books, games, and sports equipment that we provide as gifts make a significant contribution to the educational, social and physical development of these children. In 2010, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2 million children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season.  The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit

About Terranea Resort
Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort, is magnificently poised above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and located 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts and managed by affiliate Destination® Hotels & Resorts. The property boasts 582 rooms including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, and 20 bungalows and features 50 oceanfront three-bedroom casitas and 32 ocean view three-bedroom villas, offering a residential setting with rental or Resort real estate opportunities for guests to purchase a second home. Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole par three golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000 square-foot oceanfront spa, fitness center and Café; and three unique swimming pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Three ocean view restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage experiences including Catalina Kitchen for casual, all-day dining; mar'sel, the free-standing signature restaurant; and Nelson's, a cliff-side restaurant and bar with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea's conference and meeting facilities include 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Other amenities include marea, a luxury retail boutique; children’s center with interactive programs; Pointe Discovery, an "active-living" store and adventure concierge for activities that explore the rich local terrain and ocean environment. Several miles of scenic bluff-top trails connect miles of off-property coastal trails, and a secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information, visit or call 866-802-8000. Please follow Terranea Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

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