As 2015 gets going, take a second to look back at what an amazing year it was at the Producers Guild! The producers mark has fully permeated the features world, another fantastic PGA Awards started off the year, two Produced By Conferences - making it bi-coastal, and of course, the Holiday Party, which sold out in advance for the first time in the guild’s history!
Once again hosted at the beautiful Luxe Hotel off Sunset Blvd, the West Coast PGA Holiday Party could have easily gone until sunrise. Being welcomed at the door by Holiday Greeters, everyone immediately got into the winter spirit. With decadent food prepared in-house, this event is always the best way to catch up with friends in and of the Guild, have some fun at the casino tables, and leave your worries at the door. Most importantly, the noblest cause of the event is its dedication to raising vast amounts of non-perishable food donations for those less fortunate during the holidays through the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. The money from all raffle tickets sold went to benefit the PGA Foundation.
Whether you donned Reindeer Antlers in the Snap Yourself! photo booth or you were (as I was) baffled by the tricks that the three magicians of the evening, Glenndalf, Fantastic Fig, and Matthew Ryan Singer, were performing while sipping on the complimentary wine generously provided by Lone Madrone, Mystic Hills Vineyard, and D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, everyone was captivated all night. The party’s atmosphere was flawlessly enhanced through the work of Swagg Dalicious Sweets, as well as three year party veterans Almost Christmas Prop Shoppe and PRG, who provided a fantastic visual vibe for the event. One of my favorite parts of the evening was hearing the fantastic singers, Wesley Alfvin and CodyMorgan, on stage giving their renditions of Holiday Classics, very Holiday Hollywood.
As the night went on, Vance Van Petten and Vicente Williams (PGA Events Chair) made everyone envious of our raffle winners by giving out over thirty-thousand dollars worth of prizes from Alternative Rentals, Kappa Studios, Ignited Spaces, Delta, Studio Wings, Silver Dream Factory, Jungle Software, The Macallan, Tory Burch, Les Deglingos, JamCasa, Titan Offices, Murad, Hilton Universal City, Bill’s Khakis, Daniel Lue Personal Training, Ballroom With Kristin, JW Marriott Las Vegas, Final Draft, Web TV Workshop, Aquage and Soul Cycle. Oh, to top it off, GM gave away weeks of free Cadillacs to our Casino winners. To all my fellow non-winners, everyone still won a $299 software package from Media Services and a yo-yo from The Garland Hotel, not too bad if you ask me.
All this is what the PGA Holiday party is about: celebrating the close of a successful year with hopes of next year being even better. I invite you to raise a glass to another PGA Holiday and to an incredible new year in producing.