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ACPA Holiday Party 2020

December 18, 2020

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our first Virtual Holiday Party Friday, December 4th.  It was so good to see our members faces while sharing dinner, drinks, contests & prizes!!

I would like to thank my amazing boss, Andy Garcia for opening his home for our zoom while toasting ACPA & 2021 (see video below for his toast)!!!

Much gratitude to Board Members Stephanie, Mindy, Jessita, Emma, and Braden for their enthusiastic support and help in planning our first ever virtual holiday party! 

Our guest bartender, Stephen Borrello mixed the ACPA Holiday Mule for us and shared other holiday cocktail recipes along with tips of the trade (see video and recipes below).

Happy Holidays! Kathy Fisher, President

– Stephen Borrello making the ACPA Holiday Mule.
– Kathy’s holiday dinner from Ceremony in Studio City.
– Emma finally unmuted (yay technology!) and Mindy sharing about Spark of Love.

We supported some of our past sponsors & vendors this year by purchasing gift cards from them for raffle items:

We would like to thank our sponsors for providing us with prizes for our event:

Congratulations to our contest & raffle winners:

Most Festive Attire
– $25 gift card for Ceremony/Village
Winner:  Jessita Usher

Best Virtual Background Holiday Decor
– $25 gift card for Porto’s Bake from Home
Winner: Taryn Feingold

Ugliest Sweater
– $25 gift card for Candle Delirium
Winner:  Kelly Wold

Best Matching Holiday Attire
– $25 gift card Ceremony/Village
Winners: Rita Tateel & Ted Bavin

Best Holiday Decor
– $25 gift card for Candle Delirium
Winner:  Stephanie Speliopoulos

Raffle Prize 1:
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
“One Night Stay in Deluxe Accommodations with Overnight Parking”
Winner: Taryn Feingold

Raffle Prize 2:
Simone LeBlanc
“Relax & Renew Suite” Basket of Spa Products
Winner: Emma Baksi

Raffle Prize 3:
$75 Gift Card to Candle Delirium
Winner: Richard Pyles

Raffle Prize 4:
$50 Gift Card to Ceremony Bar or Village Restaurant in Studio City
Winner: Mindy Weissman


Raffle Prize 5:
$50 Gift Card to Ceremony Bar or Village Restaurant in Studio City
Winner: Jackie Rivera

Raffle Prize 6:
$50 Gift Card to John Kelly Chocolates
Winner: Nannette D’Aquila

Raffle Prize 7:
$50 Gift Card to Blackbird General Store
Winner: Dina Oxenberg

Raffle Prize 8:
$50 Gift Card to Blackbird General Store
Winner: Gathering Marbet

Raffle Prize 9:
$50 Gift Card to Deluscious Cookies & Milk
Winner:  Josef Csongei

Charity Focus:
This year we were thrilled to find out Spark of Love took their toy drive virtual this year! ACPA donated numerous toys, and we encourage our members to donate: click here.

Craft & Consume – video:
Watch a clip of Stephen Borrello showing us how to make the ACPA Holiday Mule as well as the fascinating story of how the first Moscow Mule came to be:

Holiday Cocktail Recipes by Stephen Borrello

ACPA Holiday Mule:
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Vodka, Bourbon, or Tequila
Ginger Beer
Lime Wedge
Mint Sprigs

Gold Rush
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz honey
2 oz Bourbon

3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Tequila
Salt Rim

And for the cherry of top of the evening’s celebration, here is a special toast from our gracious host, Andy Garcia (as well as the grand prize raffle drawing):

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