Laird Plastics Partners with Portraits of Hope for Los Angeles Beaches Beautification Project

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Laird Plastics helps transform Los Angeles beaches into the nations largest public art exhibit by donating materials including rigid plastic sheets, warehousing and logistics services to Portraits of Hope.

Laird Plastics has partnered with Portraits of Hope ( to beautify Los Angeles beaches with the “Summer of Color” project. The partnership included donating material and services including rigid plastic sheets, warehousing and logistics services. The plastic sheets were used by 7,000 children and 2,500 volunteers to create the artwork that will cover the lifeguard towers on all 31-miles of Los Angeles County beaches starting May 19th, 2010 thru October 2010.

Portraits of Hope, founded by brothers Ed Massey and Bernie Massey, merges the production and exhibition of high-profile public art with creative therapy for hospitalized children, and civic leadership education for students of all ages. The program provides children and adults who often face medical, physical, and/or socio-economic challenges with an opportunity to collaborate on high-impact projects and accomplish the spectacular. To date, Portraits of Hope has involved tens of thousands of children and adults in huge civic collaborations - in the U.S. and abroad – that have strikingly transformed everything from airplanes, buildings, and the New York City taxi fleet to blimps, tugboats, and NASCAR race cars.

The Portraits of Hope project is important to Laird Plastics because it gets children involved in their local community. The project also teaches children about volunteering, the environment, and where they can make a difference on any number of civic topics. The plastic sheets used coincide with Laird Plastics Environmental Program as all of the material will either be recycled and (or) re-used as transitional housing in Haiti at the completion of the exhibit. “Our projects are completely funded by the private sector; we were at a stand still 6-months ago until we made a lucky contact in Laird Plastics. Laird’s donation along with their hands-on approach have helped to complete this project and led to the introduction of other key partners like Image Options for printing services,” said Portraits of Hope co-founder Ed Massey.

About Laird Plastics

Laird Plastics, Inc. was founded in 1944 and is the leading independent plastics distributor in North America, with 53 Service Centers located across the USA and Canada. Laird distributes a complete range of semi-finished and finished products as a key market channel for many of the world's leading plastics manufacturers. To learn more about Laird Plastics, please visit:

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Name: Mark Steele                
Phone: 561-443-9170

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