Kiwanis confirms Easter sunrise beach service
A Boca Raton tradition for at least 35 years, the Kiwanis Club of Boca Raton Easter sunrise service starts at 7 a.m. on the beach at Red Reef Park on Easter Sunday, April 24.
“We’re usually finished by 8:15 a.m.,” said James Banaeian, chairman of the event.
About 2,000 people attend the non-denominational service, which this year will be led by Rev. Ray Wehrenberg, senior chaplain for ACTs retirement communities, Banaeian said.
Two women will sing. Free refreshments include doughnuts, orange juice and coffee.
“We advertise free parking that day…and we see a lot of people come at 6:30 a.m.,” to get a parking spot and a good vantage point, Banaeian said. People are asked to bring their own seating to the beach on A1A about a half-mile north of Palmetto Park Road.
The event is free, but donations are accepted for the Kiwanis' Key Clubs in five schools in Boca Raton, and donations to area charities.
There’s no rain date. “People ask me that every year,” said Banaeian, who added that he prays for good weather and so far, Mother Nature has cooperated.