This year the annual MCAI Holiday Party turned into an all-media organization gala. The party held at Dave & Busters in the Spectrum on December 1, 2010 saw a capacity crowd. Represented were six different OC media organizations as well as the Orange County Film Commission all of whom made the evening their official year end party. Everyone agreed that celebrating together was a lot of fun.
A lot of business cards were exchanged since many people from different organizations had not met each other. The evening started over cocktails with lots of making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. The very nice dinner included a blackened salmon over spinach which, for those who selected it, was a real treat. Tables were decorated festively by committee chairperson Eva Crabbs and strewn with a generous amount of seasonal candies and treats. You’d never know we were eating on pool tables!
MCAI’s chapter president, Mark Alexander, acted as MC, fighting the noisy gaming ambience of Dave & Busters. Since the acoustics made it hard to hear, his remarks were shortened. Nevertheless, Alexander recognized Greg DePetro, president of Media Alliance of Orange County; Mark Sevi, founder of the OC Screenwriters Association; Teri Sawyer head of Professional Communications Exchange; Anne Ganguzza, founder of OC Voice-Over Peeps; Scot Trodick of OC Digital Arts and OC Film Commissioner, Janice Arrington not only for making the event a success but also for the good work their organizations do throughout the year.
It seemed like everyone chipped in with doorprizes because there more than enough to go around. No one left empty handed! Some of the more valuable doorprizes included a certificate to a series of Larry Jordan Final Cut Pro training classes, donated by Travis The Voice-Guy; A new version of Final Draft, donated by the OC Screenwriters; tickets to the Newport Theater Art Center donated by Brian Page; A collectors DVD set of Avatar donated by the Media Alliance; and a large selection of classic Hollywood film DVDs—enough for every attendee— donated by Grace McKay of Electric Pictures.
Others donating doorprizes included Ann Ganguzza and OC VO Peeps; Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Studio; British VO actress, Eila Ulett; Tim and Linda Keenan of Creative Media Recording and Amy the Writer. The prize giving was well coordinated by Tim Keenan with able assistance from Art Kirsch and Brian Page.
The prize drawing was interrupted only by the evening’s special entertainment—Kazoo leader, Cinthia Palmer. she gamely led the crowd in a kazoo-along of favorite holiday songs. With the din of the restaurant, it didn’t matter if you were humming (or is it technically call kazooing?) in tune or not. There were lots of laughs and everyone got to keep their kazoo! After dessert, the tables were cleared and all the pool hustlers among the group took over.
All in all, the evening was a lot of fun: charming people; interesting conversation and networking; good food; plenty of prizes and engaging entertainment. What a great way to start the season and end the year!