MUNDY TWP. — The fun started 30 years ago as The World’s Largest Office Party and has grown into the World’s Greatest Office Party – a much-anticipated annual holiday gathering and fundraiser.
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody!” is the theme for this year’s Great Gatsby-inspired party taking place from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday December 4, at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre.
The World’s Greatest Office Party is one of three major annual events Whaley Children’s Center hosts to help fund its residential and clinical programs for abused and neglected children.
This year’s “Roaring 20s” scheme will include a 1920 Type 59 Custom Body Cadillac on display alongside a 2015 model, according to Abbey Smith, development coordinator for Whaley’s Children’s Center.
The Ballroom area will include two VIP lounges — a “Mansion” side (inspired by The Great Gatsby) and a “Speakeasy” side, she said.
The Mansion side will be very glamorous with white soft seating, chandeliers, and a ceiling treatment. The Speakeasy side will be more “private’ with a brick wall enclosure and wooden furniture.
The VIP lounges will be separated by a stage where two DJs will perform. The Atrium will be decorated with red and white flowers, ferns, gold columns and urns, feathers, and a fountain in the middle of it all,
It is designed to make guest feel like they have stepped into a Great Gatsby party, Smith said.
Lots of fun and games are in store including a silent auction and various raffles.
New this year, the Medawar Champagne Raffle – is being sponsored by Medawar Jewelers. For $20 each, guests can purchase one or more of 200 numbered champagne glasses. A drawing will take place toward the end of the evening to determine the winning number for a guest who will win a $1,000 shopping spree to Medawar Jewelers.
A Wildcard Super Raffle, sponsored by Vic Canever Chevrolet, will offer cash prizes. Only 100 raffle cards will be sold for $50 each. The first place winner will receive $1,000 cash and the second place winner will receive $500.
Musical entertainment will include DJ ChaChi and Ben Baker performing in the Ballroom for guests. Also featured will be the band, Mel Ball and Colours, performing in the Atrium. Mel Ball and Colours have performed nationwide for many different occasions, including three Super Bowls, the National Governor’s Conference, and two presidential inaugural balls.
More than 1,000 people from Genesee and Oakland counties are expected to attend the party. Guests are encouraged to dress up in ‘20s attire but it is not required.
Admission is $75 for VIP tickets and $35 general admission. VIP tickets include access to the VIP Speakeasy Lounge for beverages and hors d’oeuvres and entry to Corporate Suites.
This year’s title sponsor is Rebecca Bartley with Icon Mortgage Lending. Other sponsors include Al Serra Auto Plaza; Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio; Wendling Orthodontics; Holiday Inn Gateway Centre; Cumulus Radio; Outfront Media; Townsquare Media, Cars 108; Medawar Jewelers; Landaal Packaging; Loeb Charitable Trust administered by FirstMerit PrivateBank; Elga Credit Union; Security Credit Union; Wells Fargo Advisors; Signs by Crannie; Financial Plus Credit Union; Sam’s Club; C. Patrick Gray, D.D.S., P.C.; Al Bourdeau Insurance Agency; Bobby Mukkamala, M.D., & Nita Kulkarni, M.D.; and Vic Canever Chevrolet. — Rhonda Sanders