VERO BEACH — The Live Like Cole Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of others by putting kindness first, announced the grand opening of the Cole Coppola Memorial Fishing Pier to be on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Riverside Park, Vero Beach.

The ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the pier site in Riverside Park, with the official ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.

In attendance to show their support will be the Vero Beach High School Pep Band, Treasure Coast Jeep Club, as well as the Kona Ice Truck, who announced they will donate 20% of gross sales back to the foundation. Natalie’s Juice has also donated assorted juices for the event.

“I am beyond excited that the Cole Coppola Memorial Fishing Pier is completed,” said Melanie Coppola, Co-Founder and CEO of the Foundation. She added, “I am so thrilled for people to have a safe place to fish, relax or just enjoy the wildlife.”

The memorial fishing pier was initiated in late 2015 with construction by WIL-CO beginning in May 2018. Live Like Cole Foundation raised half of the pier’s funding and was matched by a Florida Inland Navigation District grant.

Members of the community have the opportunity to purchase the treads in the pier to be engraved with family names, memorialized loved ones, pets, children or businesses. There are less than 40 treads left out of a total 319.

In addition to the pier, the foundation has donated over $100,000 to local charities in its three years as a nonprofit and plans to continue. Its mission is to encourage children and adults alike to support others, to foster self-worth and to help out their fellow man.

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About the Live Like Cole Foundation:
The mission of the Live Like Cole Foundation is to encourage children and adults alike to support others, to foster self-worth and to help out their fellow man. Cole Coppola died as a result of injuries suffered after being hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike on the Alma Lee Loy Bridge days after his sixteenth birthday. The passionate manner in which Cole lived his life and the positive impact that he had on many lives, serves as an opportunity for us and a reminder to “Live Like Cole” and continue his legacy by making a positive impact on our community and the lives of others.

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