“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”… the Christmas season is upon us once again, and alongside the hustle & bustle, comes the excitement of Christmas parties; a time for companies to relax & visit with one another in a ‘non work’ setting!
This year Paul & Elaine decided to do things a little differently; because the number of trades & suppliers has risen to the point that they can no longer host the party in the Klassen home, they rented a conference room at the Deerfoot Inn and invited everyone to enjoy the festivities there. The venue was ideal; staff were helpful and attentive, the room comfortable and cozy, and the buffet sumptuous! From a carving station with roast beef and ham to a variety of salads and cold dishes, to numerous hot items and desserts, there was something for everyone. With plenty left for seconds, no one went away hungry!
To liven things up a bit, this year’s party had a ‘Cruise Ship’ theme… each guest was invited to attend via a personalized boarding pass, and were given the option to come dressed in appropriate cruise wear or ‘tacky tourist’ attire! The personalities of individuals really came out as we were given the freedom to express our fun and crazy sides! From bright Hawaiian lei’s and wacky glasses to peach coloured pants and socks with sandals, the tacky tourists made their debuts.
Alongside the Cruise Ship theme came our entertainment for the evening… the man of a thousand voices, a hundred faces and at least 12 wigs… Gery Schubert; our own local Calgarian Comedian! As Captain Stubby from the Love Boat, he had the entire crowd in stitches the majority of the evening. With crazy contests such as ‘build your own life preserver’, to singing for our supper, everyone let loose and had fun. A guest appearance from ‘Elvis’ had Denny from 4-Star Electric pulled up on stage… outfitted with a wig, glasses and the famous, “Uh-huh… Thank-you very much”, he was good enough to give the visiting Elvis a run for his money!
Various prize draws were also done throughout the evening, with numerous winners awarded. The Grand Prize however went through a few draws before the lucky winners were finally announced… and lucky they were indeed! Jim & Penny from Cent-2-B-Sure won our grand prize of a Mexican Riviera cruise for 2! Leaving March 5th, they have some time to pack their bags and get excited for a week in the sun! Jim & Penny were absolutely thrilled, and smiling ear-to-ear as they thanked Paul for his generosity.
A special guest appearance by John & Karen Sherbut from the Safe Haven Foundation brought to mind the true meaning of Christmas, and how fortunate we are to be able to celebrate the season with friends & family. Recalling her own story, Karen related how she & John started the Foundation, and their passion for continuing their mission of helping keep Calgary’s youth off the streets.
The final part of the program was the annual Partner & Staff Awards; using various criteria, Pinnacle selects the trades and employees that have stood above stepped up their service delivery during the year, and acknowledges them with a signed plaque for their efforts. This year’s trade awards went to: Floors with Flair for Exemplary Customer Service, Dwayne Seal Custom Design for Most Improved Partner, and Interiors by Tiffany for Partnership Excellence. Staff awards went to: Jeff Moss for Exemplary Customer Service, Rob Wickens for Most Improved Employee, and Barry Johnson for Partnership Excellence. Each award was well deserved and gratefully accepted.
The entire evening was filled with fun, laughter, and a feeling of comradery… in the words of more than one guest, it was the best Christmas party yet!