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PGA Holiday Party 2011

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 16, 2011

Photo By Michael Q. Martin
PGA Holiday Party 2011
By Ryan Willis

A PGA Holiday Indeed!

First, let me disclose that as this was my first year attending the West Coast PGA Holiday Party (held, as always, at the Luxe Hotel), I had nothing to compare the experience to.  That being said, I was impressed.  The event was realized in true traditional holiday spirit: a time to come together, have fun, re-connect with familiar faces, as well as meet some new ones.

Photo By Michael Q. Martin
Down to the smallest details, the party provided each PGA Member with a quality experience.  The wine, provided by Rob Mondavi, Jr.’s ONEHOPE winery in Napa, CA was as deserving of praise as the causes they donate to.  The catered food buffet was delicious.  The outdoor photo booth (provided by Creative Handbook) allowed even the quietest producers to let loose and be wacky with their colleagues.  And, the psychic fortune teller, Ellen Magdalena Fornaro, added to the amusement as many members, immediately after check-in, rushed to be the very first to sign up to see how their upcoming projects would fare.

The prize drawing was full of intriguing packages varying from a pack of electronic cigarettes (provided by The SafeCig), Cirque du Soleil IRIS tickets at the Kodak, Toys from LES DÉGLINGOS, two weeks of a GM loaner vehicle,  and a two night stay at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa.  Sadly, I did not win any of these. 

Photo By Michael Q. Martin
Of course, what would the night be like without casino games?  It was exciting to see Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon, among others, at the tables dealing blackjack to our members.  With poker, blackjack, and roulette tables a plenty, it could have easily been mistaken for a PGA Holiday Vegas Party.  And the prizes to the largest winners did not disappoint, including Produced By Conference passes, PGA Golf tournament rounds, and a set of poker chips.  Each winner was also given a week of a GM loaner vehicle as well.  So, it seems that in keeping with the Holiday theme, even the PGA Holiday party was complete with wonderful presents for its members.

At the end of the evening, PGA members were given a novelty stuffed animal to remember this PGA Holiday Party… and why shouldn’t they remember it?  Coordinated by the PGA Events Committee(with special kudos to co-chairs Salvy Maleki and Vincente Williams) and executed by dozens of PGA volunteers and staff, I believe the event left producers wanting to stay just a little bit longer and hoping next year’s party comes just a little bit sooner. 

It was certainly a night not to be missed! 

Ryan Willis is an aspiring producer and former PGA Intern (Spring 2010)

Tags:  los angeles  PGA West 

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