2019 ATDC Holiday Party
By: Alan Throop (photos by Linda Muth, except as noted)
On Saturday, December 7th, Tooters of past and present gathered with their families and friends to celebrate the Holiday Season together at our traditional Holiday Party, held again this year at the La Cabana Mexican restaurant in Newark. We had over 55 guests attend and enjoyed the great food, drinks, socializing, a large and really-nice raffle, some dancing, and … oh yah … even Santa showed up! There were some members we hadn’t seen for a while and some new friends as well. We missed a few of you, but hopefully you can make it next year.
We need to especially thank Baudel, owner of La Cabana, for allowing us to take over the restaurant and for working with us to create a wonderful dinner and evening. The new layout of the remodel of the restaurant worked out nicely for the party and for Baudel’s ability to seat more people during the year. Thanks also to the wonderful staff for the great food and service that they provided. There was a wonderful variety of excellent Mexican cuisine. The holiday decorations and the atmosphere were festive. Dennis, Patti, and usually some other Tooters are at La Cabana most Friday evenings, so come over and enjoy a wonderful dinner there all through the year. We usually have a few dinners there during the year as well, so let us know when you get antsy for that and we’ll schedule one.
Thanks to the Holiday Party Committee who organized and volunteered the party. Kari Klaboe led the committee this year, and they all are to be thanked for the fun and festive evening that they organized on our behalf … be sure to thank them by text, email, or next time you see them!
The restaurant and dinner arrangements were made by Patti and Dennis Hocker, and the dessert was brought by Helga Mahlmann and Jeanne Fetterly. The publicity, nametags, ticket sales, and greeting at the party were done by Jenn Penchacek, Alan Throop, Kat Smith, Ruth Chofre, and Helga Mahlmann. Party setup was done by Lindsey Martin and Alan Stanek.
The raffle was done by Kat Smith and Devin Martinez-Shin. We thank the many people who donated gifts for the raffle and particularly Jim and Sue Steele, who donated a number of items from Steele’s Dive Shop.
The program was organized and lead by Kari Klaboe, Jono Dove, and Alan Throop. Larry Muth even talked Santa into stopping by for a little while! The gift handout was organized by Kari Klaboe and Angela Boultinghouse.
Linda Muth was the party photographer. The photos show some scenes from the party. We had a nice social period before dinner to catch up with friends, and share some great margaritas and other drinks. After a wonderful buffet dinner and dessert; there was plenty of food for all and even some to take home. After dinner, Jono Dove served as the Master of Ceremony! He welcomed guests and thanked all who helped organize the party. He used this time to thank the current Board of Directors and the new Board members for their work for the club during 2019 and the year to come. Santa then magically appeared with his elf and, together with Angela and Kari, they distributed gifts from under the Christmas Tree to all the good “boys & girls”.
After Santa, we pulled back tables and had some fun together dancing and socializing. Linda took a lot of nice photos of the party and particularly with folks with Santa. There is a ProShow Gold slide show at the following link to see all the photos: https://youtu.be/iDE60TH7fdU. If you want to get any of the photographs at full resolution, you can contact Linda at lkmuth AT astound DOT net, give her the number of the photo that you would like (in the slideshow), and she will email it to you. Many thanks to Linda for doing this.
Thanks to all who attended the party and helped organize it … I hope that we haven’t forgotten to thank someone above because your efforts are SO appreciated!
We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you flat seas and good visibility for diving with all your great buddies in 2020!!