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Update from the Field

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BBCA Buddies, Families and Friends Rock Out with Santa

Over 200 BBCA buddies, peer buddies, their families and special guests gathered at the Guess? downtown corporate offices to launch the 2010 Holiday Season in style at the BBCA Family Holiday Party Presented by MetLife! Sponsored through a generous grant from MetLife, the Holiday Party featured Gumbo Entertainment's DJ's and karaoke set-up, cupcake and cookie decorating and fancy tote bags which were then donated to the Westside Regional Center, hula hoop classes, an X-Box 360 game console, and, of course, the man himself - Santa Claus!

During the brief welcome program, State Director Patty Evans thanked MetLife's Special Needs Planner Chris Kuether, as well as Susan Tenney, BBCA Board Member and Guess? Vice President, for making the party possible. Maureen McCormick, national Board member and former cast member of the iconic TV show, The Brady Bunch, and her brother Denny led the audience in a spirited rendition of Jingle Bells. Ken French, BBCA Jobs Participant with the Governor's Southern California office, read a special Holiday letter from the Governor, who praised BBCA for the valuable work we do, and sent holiday greetings from his wife Maria and himself. Ms. Evans read a congratulatory proclamation from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

BBCA Board Members Anne Altman, Keith Watts, Mdvani Monroe and Billy Pittard had a chance to meet many of the buddies and their parents, while Board Member Kevin Tenney donned the red suit and hat and held court as the one and only Santa Clause.

Completing the party, which ran from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, was a fabulous lunch donated by BJ's Brewhouse, HealthyCA, and Carousel Restaurant. Helena Spensatelli donated cupcakes and icing for decorating while Wolfgang Puck Catering donated 200 cookies.

As everyone was leaving with a Guess? giftbag, they all said what a great time they'd had and hoped we'd do it again in 2011. You can share in the holiday fun through the photos which are available on BBCA's Facebook page.


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