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[ EVENTS ]
& Silent Auct ion
It truly was an evening of glitz, glamour and stars on June 4 when MPINCC and
Presenting Sponsor Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board rolled out the red
carpet at the Annual Gala & Silent Auction.
The historic Bently Reserve in San Francisco's financial district provided a
high-end backdrop to this star-studded event that celebrated the chapter, its
accomplishments in the 2014-2015 program year, and 10 very deserving annual award
winners. Gala guests arriving at the venue were welcomed by flappers and quickly
found their way into the reception to enjoy delectable and beautiful appetizers
sponsored by La Bonne Cuisine and a host of beverages sponsored by numerous
wine and spirits sponsors. Some attendees were lucky enough to experience Orange
Photography's Light Paint booth while others enjoyed musical entertainment
provided by Entire Productions. And everyone viewed the 60 auction items, using
their personal smartphones to bid electronically via BiddingForGood made possible
through Technology Sponsor Team San Jose, helping raise funds for the chapter
while vying to walk away a winner of one (or more!) of the auction items.
Guests were then invited into the beautifully lit and decorated Banking Hall for
dinner provided by Le Meridien and the much anticipated awards presentation.
Stunning lighting effects and perfectly balanced audio was provided throughout
the evening by Avista Event Productions, MPINCC's exclusive audio visual sponsor.
Mistress of Ceremonies Molly Walsh, CMP, kept the evening on track and adapted
admirably to the surprise showing of the exciting final minutes of the first game
of the NBA Finals with the Warriors vs. Cavaliers. Jody Brandes, CMP, made her
closing remarks as 2014-2015 president and presented awards to some of the finest
volunteers and contributors to the chapter.
It was a special moment when Diane Schneiderman, CMP, CAE, recently retired
executive director of MPINCC, returned to the stage after accepting her President's
Award to swear in the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. MPINCC is "Your Practice
Field" according to 2015-2016 President Joey Nevin, as he spoke of his vision for each
MPI member and the chapter for the coming year. He encouraged everyone to move
outside their comfort zones and try something new as they engage with the chapter
this year: learn a new skill, share your expertise with others, be part of the team that
makes MPINCC the powerful chapter it is.
As the official part of the Gala concluded, those still looking for more enjoyed a
lively After Party "behind the curtain" where espresso, cheesecake and beverages
were enjoyed to the cool sounds of Simon Sax.
If you attended the Gala, you know what a great party it was. If you couldn't be
there this year, be sure it makes it on your calendar in 2016. ●
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Summer 2014
Our Favorite Things About Northern California
5 Strategies to Create Cool Content for Social Media
MPINCCS’s Annual Gala & Silent Auction
Emerging Professionals Committee: Engaging Future Leaders!
IMEX America: A Short Flight to the Wide World of Meetings
Destination: Los Angeles
Index to Advertisers /Advertisers.com
MPI Perspective - Summer 2014