It was an unusually beautiful and warm spring evening, with a bright full moon shining down on over 1,000 hungry patrons that turned out for the evnt. The delicious and sumptuous meat feast, was once again provided by the famous Los Angeles eatery, Woody's Bar-B-Que. The menu consisted of an assortment of chicken and pork ribs along with potato salad, baked beans and fresh garden salad with vinaigrette dressing. Home made rolls and butter were also available to those not counting calories. Vegetarians were conspicuously absent from this particular charity event, but no one seemed to notice.
The event started promptly at 6:00pm and the lobby and back patio filled up fast as both legal eagles and patrons alike, lined up for food and a cool beverages after work. The cocktails were flowing courtesy of the main bar beverage sponsor Dress The Drink, along with their co-branded partner Roberto Cavalli Vodka who poured an assortment of delicious colorful martini's. Other drink sponsors included Chivas Regal®, Stunna Liquer and JLP The President's TequilaTM serving assorted tastings of their premium product. I personally enjoyed the JLP Tequila which served the silver, gold and the ultra delicious Reposado. The Manatt, Phelps and Phillips booth was also a hit, as they were giving away custom lighters and cigars.
This year's event featured live performances by an assortment of local bands, along with internationally-famous DJ Jamesen Re spinning throughout the evening. Event guests were treated to a promotional music CD of Tim Draper's newly released song, "Take My Money", which is about the changing global economy, and the government's response to the economic downturn. In addition to the music, there were a bevy of beautiful Go-Go Dancers shaking it to to the music.
This amazing event was originally founded in 2006, by Robert K. Whyte and David L. Cremin. In its first year, the networking BBQ pulled in 120 guests. In its second year, the event saw more than 550 guests and last year, attendance reached 950+, raising more than $28,000 for charity. The evening's impressive sponsor lineup includes Platinum Sponsor Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Gold Sponsor TriNet; Silver Sponsors Vintage Filings and Vcorp Services and additional sponsors Always On Hollywood, Lux5 Events, Outward Media and Mogreet.
Most Charity Events have a Silent Auction as another way to raise money and this was no exception. There was Sports memorabilia, (an autographed Dallas Cowboys football helmet and a collection of signed Joe Dimaggio photos from the New York Giants). There was political memorabilia that included matted, framed and signed letters and photographs from both John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. And even a signed poster from the classic horror film "Psycho". But the one item I was most excited about was an electric guitar signed by all four members of the band Pink Floyd. How cool is that? Wait a minute, I think I just dated myself.
For more information and event sponsorship opportunities for next years MeatEaters Ball, please contact the event hosts at: [email protected].