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LA Singles Society's 2015 New Year's Eve Party
Topic: Social Activities
Author: Fred Gansky (Click on authors name for bio)
Posted: Tuesday, October 6th 2015
The Best 2015 New Year’s Eve Party in Los Angeles
Don’t Miss Our Third Celebration In A Row
A Boomer Bash For Singles, Couples, and Marrieds
Due to overwhelming demand we are going back to the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City to host what we hope will be our best event ever. Two years ago 408 people took part. Last year the number grew to 450. This year we are less concerned with the total attendance than we are with making this the best New Year’s Eve party experience you have ever had.
One of the reasons that we drew so many people is that we gave great value in a classy, upbeat, secure, convenient and comfortable environment. Most people over 40 could not imagine mingling with 20 and 30 year old crowds in West Hollywood and Hollywood. Nor, are they willing to succumb to greatly inflated price tags at country clubs, hotels and restaurants.
Last year, Bob Levine and I (Fred Gansky) put on a terrific program. But, there were certain things that took place that we knew we could improve upon. When you have had two mega New Year’s events in a row, hopefully, you have learned from your attendees what is good and what is not, what preferences they have, and generally, how to better please them.
So, here are some of the changes:
1-Many of you wished that you could pay one price for the entire evening that included drinks, food, entertainment, etc. We listened and came up with a program that will include a three course gourmet dinner, two bands and a DJ, professional dance hosts, unlimited individual drinks (bottle service is extra), free parking (for as long as space is available), no tax or tipping, for only $115 per person ($125 per person after Thanksgiving, and $135 after December 15). You can order as many soft drinks or premium brands (and everything in between) as you want throughout the evening without incurring any additional cost. Every admission must be prepaid. No payment at the door!
2-We’ve had check-in problems the past two years that slowed everyone down. We felt that this was unacceptable, so when we take your credit card payment we will send a confirmation E mail to your address, or to someone you designate, with acknowledgment of your payment and reservation, your table number and confirmation of your main course selection. Just like at a theater, you will need to bring this E mail with you to access the party. You cannot get in without it, so do not forget it. Please call back if you do not receive it. We will have people stationed at the doors to the ballroom who will quickly peruse your information and send you on to your table. When your waiter comes to you, please show the meal selection to him that was confirmed in your E mail.
3-We got complaints from numerous singles that they did not like being co-mingled at tables with couples and marrieds. So, we will do our best to have exclusive tables just for singles.
4-We did our best to accommodate people’s request to sit with friends, even moving people around many days after their friends had reserved their spot, and even when tables were already full. This was a nightmare! For those people that we pleased, there were many more that we disappointed. This year we will exclusively take reservations only on a first come, first served basis. So, if you want to make sure that you will sit with your friends you all must reserve at the same time. We will not hold spaces open at any table in anticipation of people reserving later. The best advice I can give you is to put your parties together at one time and reserve early. Once we fill a table, we can do nothing more. And, if you wait until the last week, it may be impossible to accommodate six or eight people at the same table. We will do our best, but we can’t guarantee it. That’s why it is truly advisable to decide early. And, as you can see, we are rewarding those who can make a decision early (by Thanksgiving) with a sizable discount.
5-Some people disregarded their table assignment and just sat where they wanted, usually with friends who had reserved much earlier. Please do not do this. It is a distraction and upsetting to those whose seat you occupy. Our security guards will have master lists and quickly usher you out of that seat. It’s embarrassing for all concerned, so please respect our decorum.
6-We had two bands taking turns last year so that you would have non-stop music. But, there was always a little delay in the transfer from one band to another. So, in between sets we will have a DJ playing dance songs until the next band is ready.
7-We pick our bands carefully. We want the best cross section of music from oldies, swing, rock, rap, salsa, techno, disco, etc. Between the two bands and the DJ you can be assured of hearing just about everything.
As of this writing, we are using the same rooms that we did two years ago: The Cascade, Starlight and Waterfall Ballrooms. They all are open to each other. Unfortunately, the larger Empire room was booked by another group early in January. So, our capacity is less than last year, around 380 people. Since we did more than this the last two years, you can see that there is a very good chance that we might sell out……and sell out early. So, please try and make an early decision to join us.
Last year we promoted our event through print and social media, area Meetup groups, singles organizations, athletic organizations, dance groups, dating coaches, matchmakers, selling agents, and New Year’s Eve Internet ticket vendors. We expect to bolster these groups this year. We also would welcome your help in spreading the word. Our best endorsement is a positive referral. So, tell your friends, family and colleagues about the event.
The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel & Ballroom in Studio City (12833 Ventura Blvd, 91604) is centrally located in the San Fernando Valley, within a half hour drive from the Westside, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westlake & the west Valley, Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale, and the Santa Clarita Valley. It’s a perfect location for pulling in the most people in southern California. Doors will open at 7:30 PM! The party will go to 12:30 AM
Here are our two bands:
There are a lot of great, well known bands around Los Angeles. We thought that it might be exciting to offer you a new look this year. So, we arranged to have two very popular bands from this area play for you.
The first band (six members) is Aquarius. (Aquarius86.com)
They have been bringing the 1960s back to southern California since 2003, taking thousands of cheering fans back to another time when our world, our way of life, and our innocence changed forever. They tell the story of the 60s through unforgettable performances highlighting the best and most influential artists of the era….Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence, Sly and The Family Stone, Santana, Kool & The Gang, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and many more.
The second band is Skyline. The six members of this band specialize in dance music over the past four decades: R & B, Funk, Motown, Pop, Rock, Old School, Cha Chas, Cumbias. If you can dance to it, Skyline plays it. They were the house band at Sardos Restaurant in Burbank for 18 years and the main band at Club Sixty 25 in Tarzana from 2008 until 2011.
If you like to dance or just listen to great sounds of the past and present, then we will have an unbelievable night in store for you.
Our menu for the evening will be:
Salad: Wedge Salad with crumbled blue cheese, chives, crisp bacon, tomato; blue cheese or ranch dressing
Entrée: Your choice of Pan Roasted Chicken with marsala sauce, Atlantic Salmon with Dill or Citrus Sauce, or Sliced Tri-Tip Steak With Mushroom Sauce, or a Vegetarian dish (usually lasagna); all served with seasonal vegetable and creamy Yukon mashed potatoes.
Dessert: Tiramisu Cheesecake
Warm rolls and butter, coffee, water, iced and hot tea will also be served.
We really hope that you will feel that this is the best New Year’s Eve party in town and will reserve and pay early before we sell out. Payment and reservation information must be made by calling Bob Levine at 818-554-2262. You will be sent your E mail confirmation within three days. If you do not receive it, please call back as this is your sole means for entering the party. Irrespective of when you make your reservation, all reservations should be made by 11:00 PM, December 26. We will try and accommodate reservations after this date until 11:00 PM, December 30, but we cannot guarantee your choice of entrée.
Directions to Sportsmen’s Lodge: From West Hollywood area-Take Laurel Canyon Blvd north to Ventura Blvd, left turn, 1 mile to facility. From Beverly Hills are-Take Coldwater Canyon Blvd north (facility is at Coldwater and Ventura). From Pasadena/Glendale-Take 134 into the 101 and exit at Coldwater Canyon. Make left turn and go 1 mile to driveway entrance on left side just before Ventura. From Westside-Take the 405 north to 101 east to Coldwater Canyon Blvd. Make right turn and go 1 mile to driveway entrance on left side just before Ventura. Fr6om west Valley, Ventura and Westlake areas-go east on the 101 to Coldwater Canyon Blvd and make right turn to facility. From Santa Clarita Valley-Take 405 south to 101 east to Coldwater Canyon Blvd and make right to facility.
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